Neptune’s rings are clearly visible in an image from the James Webb Telescope: NPR

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured out-of-this-world images of Neptune and its rings.


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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured out-of-this-world images of Neptune and its rings.


The James Webb Space Telescope has dazzled astronomers and laypeople alike with its stunning images of distant galaxies and the earth close neighbors.

Now the $10 billion deep space telescope has brought what NASA calls The clearest picture of Neptune’s rings It was seen over 30 years ago.

The telescope provided an image of the ice giant Neptune as well as seven of the 14 known moons orbiting the planet, NASA said. The image also shows faint dust bands around the planet.

“It’s been three decades since we last saw these faint, dusty rings, and this is the first time we’ve seen them in infrared,” said Heidi Hamill, a Neptune system expert and interdisciplinary scientist with the Webb Project.

hamel chirp“I cried ugly when I saw the first pictures of Neptune in Japan!”

Usually shown in blue, Neptune is attributed to methane in the atmosphere, but images from an infrared webcam show the planet much whiter in colour. The new image shows fine streaks of beautiful light around Neptune, which NASA says are high-altitude methane ice clouds that reflect sunlight.

One of Neptune’s moons, Triton, can also be seen in the image. But because of the diffraction heights in the image, one can easily mistake it for a distant star. NASA said Triton’s surface is covered in frozen, condensed nitrogen, which, on average, reflects 70% of the sun’s rays.

The image of the rings is the most fragile since 1989, when NASA Voyager 2 It became the first spacecraft to navigate Neptune, which lies about 2.8 billion miles from Earth – more than 30 times the distance from Earth to the Sun.

Neptune is the farthest planet in our solar system (Pluto downgraded to dwarf planet In 2006), it took 165 Earth years to complete its orbit. Interestingly, the day on Neptune is only 16 hours long NASA.

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