Neptune’s rings captured by the James Webb Space Telescope – BBC News

  • Jonathan Amos
  • BBC science reporter

2 hours ago

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Images captured by the Webb Space Telescope provide the first clear view of the distant planet in more than 30 years

The recently launched James Webb Space Telescope is sending back spectacular new images of Neptune.

Details of Neptune captured by space telescopes using infrared instruments are the first clear glimpse of the farthest planet in the solar system since Voyager 2 passed by Neptune in 1989.

This image detail shows planetary rings made of dust.

Researchers are interested in Neptune’s different cloud structures because they can provide new clues about the structure of Neptune’s atmosphere.

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