Using data from the James Webb Space Telescope’s first year of interstellar observation, an international team of researchers viewed an exploding supernova in a faraway spiral galaxy. The study provides new infrared measurements of NGC 1566, one of the brightest galaxies in our cosmic neighbourhood. Scientists were able to survey a Type 1a supernova by mere chance while studying NGC 1566. By analyzing images taken of the supernova’s core, researchers investigated how certain chemical elements are emitted into the surrounding cosmos after an explosion. This could give researchers deeper insight into the chemical formation of the universe.