The James Webb telescope captured Neptune and its rings for the first time

The James Webb telescope captured Neptune and its rings for the first time
The James Webb telescope captured Neptune and its rings for the first time

The James Webb Space Telescope took its first pictures of the planet Neptune thanks to the NIRCam camera.

As reported by Ukrinform, this was reported by the European Space Agency (ESA).

“James Webb demonstrates its capabilities by taking the first picture of Neptune. Not only did the telescope capture the clearest image of the rings of this strange planet in more than 30 years, but its cameras also showed the ice giant in a completely new light,” the agency said.

It is noted that because the space telescope takes pictures in the near-infrared range at wavelengths between 0.6 and 5 microns, Neptune did not appear blue in the James Webb images. In fact, the methane is so strongly absorbing that the planet is quite dark at the telescope’s wavelengths. except where there are high altitude clouds.

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Such methane-ice clouds are visible as bright streaks and spots that reflect sunlight before it is absorbed by the methane gas.

Most impressive in this new image are the clear expressions of Neptune’s dynamic rings — some of which have not been seen at all before.

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As Ukrinform reported, the James Webb space telescope took several new pictures of Jupiter and Mars.

The article is in Ukrainian

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