The spiral galaxy known as IC 5332 is this tangle of stars and gas, which was captured by NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
JWST can see through dust clouds because it uses infrared light to observe, exposing the galaxy's inner core of stars and blazing plasma.
Nearly 29 million light years away from Earth, IC 5332 is located in the constellation Sculptor.
It is around 2/3 the size of the Milky Way and measures about 66,000 light-years wide.
Because of its nearly identical face-on orientation to Earth, its spiral arms have shown out in earlier visible light photographs.
The JWST image reveals many stars that radiate light that is too red for the Hubble Space Telescope to detect or that were previously hidden from
View by lanes of dust that have vanished between those arms. Even hidden galaxies behind IC 5332 can be seen in the spaces between stars.
The symmetrical arms of the galaxy are still visible in the image, but the spaces in between them are also luminous with stars and gas.