New Space Telescope Photos Shows Neptune In A Whole New Light

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Neptune and its rings haven’t looked this bully successful decades.

NASA released caller glamour shots of our star system’s outermost satellite Wednesday taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. The pictures taken successful July amusement not lone Neptune’s bladed rings, but its faint particulate bands, ne'er earlier observed successful the infrared, arsenic good arsenic 7 of its 14 known moons.

Webb showed Jupiter astatine its champion successful a bid of caller photos released past month.

Launched little than a twelvemonth ago, the $10 cardinal Webb is spending astir of its clip peering overmuch deeper into the universe. Astronomers anticipation to spot backmost to astir the opening of clip erstwhile the archetypal stars and galaxies were forming.

NASA’s Voyager 2 was the archetypal spacecraft to spot Neptune successful each its gaseous glory, during a 1989 flyby. No different spacecraft person visited the icy, bluish planet. So it’s been 3 decades since astronomers past saw these rings with specified item and clarity, said the Space Science Institute’s Heidi Hammel, a planetary astronomer moving with Webb.

This composite representation  provided by NASA connected  Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, shows 3  side-by-side images of Neptune. From left, a photograph  of Neptune taken by Voyager 2 successful  1989, Hubble successful  2021, and Webb successful  2022. In disposable   light, Neptune appears bluish  owed  to tiny  amounts of methane state  successful  its atmosphere. Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera alternatively  observed Neptune astatine  near-infrared wavelengths, wherever  Neptune resembles a pearl with thin, concentric oval rings. (NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI via AP)
This composite representation provided by NASA connected Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, shows 3 side-by-side images of Neptune. From left, a photograph of Neptune taken by Voyager 2 successful 1989, Hubble successful 2021, and Webb successful 2022. In disposable light, Neptune appears bluish owed to tiny amounts of methane state successful its atmosphere. Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera alternatively observed Neptune astatine near-infrared wavelengths, wherever Neptune resembles a pearl with thin, concentric oval rings. (NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI via AP)

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Hammel tweeted that she wept erstwhile she saw the rings, yelling and making “my kids, my mom, adjacent my cats look.”

Webb is the world’s biggest, astir almighty telescope, operating 1 cardinal miles (1.6 cardinal kilometers) from Earth. It rocketed into abstraction past December.

The observatory is successful bully health, according to NASA, but for 1 item.

NASA reported this week that a mechanics connected 1 of Webb’s instruments showed signs of accrued friction precocious past period successful 1 of 4 observing modes. Observations are connected clasp successful this 1 peculiar observing track, arsenic a reappraisal committee decides connected a way forward.

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