The clearest view in 30 years. The Webb telescope photographed the rings of the planet Neptune

NASA reports on new images of the planet on its website.

The most striking in the photographs are the rings around the planet. As NASA notes, the objects have not been seen this bright since the Voyager 2 flyby in 1989.

Images of the planet Neptune taken by Voyager 2 (1989), Hubble (2021), and the James Webb Telescope, released by NASA. (21st of 2022)

That’s when we last saw these slabs and zapren rings. Now, for the first time, we can see women in infrared, said scientist Heidi Hammelov. I will not lht When I saw these pictures, I cried, she wrote on Twitter.

The Webb telescope thus captured seven of the 14 images of Neptune’s moon. The largest – Triton – appears in the image as a very bright star.

Here’s a zoom-in on the Neptune system with some moons and rings annotated (Triton and Proteus are outside this field). I told NASA we also see Hippocamp, but they weren’t confident. As someone who spent decades studying the Neptune system in far worse images, I am confident.

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According to NASA, Neptune has fascinated scientists since the discovery of the planet in 1846. It is located 30 km away from the Sun, not the planet Earth. The sun is so weak here that midday on the planet is similar to twilight on Earth. Neptune is the eighth planet of the solar system, one revolution around the Sun takes 164.8 years.

Planet Neptune and its rings. Photo courtesy of the Webb Telescope and published by NASA. The living dot in the upper left is Neptune’s largest moon Triton. (21st of 2022)

The Webb telescope recently sent such unique images of the planet Jupiter. In two images, Jupiter is captured together with several moons and rings.

The James Webb Space Telescope, worth ten billion dollars (245 billion crowns), is a project of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and a partner of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

The telescope was launched into space last December 25 by an Ariane 5 rocket from the Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana.

It is the most powerful space telescope to date, and since January of this year it has been observing space from a distance of 1.5 million kilometers from Earth.

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