What’s Hot: NASA captures stunning view of Neptune's rings

It's the telescope's first image of Neptune and it's the clearest view of the planet in more than 30 years, when Voyager 2 flew by.

News 12 Staff

Sep 22, 2022, 12:03 PM

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NASA is sharing a stunning view of Neptune and its rings taken by its James Webb telescope.
It's the telescope's first image of Neptune and it's the clearest view of the planet in more than 30 years, when Voyager 2 flew by.
The telescope is providing a crisp new view of the planet's rings and it's the first time NASA has seen them in infrared.
The telescope picked up several bright, narrow rings, as well as the fainter dust bands.
As for that bright light in the upper middle of the image -- that's not a star.
NASA says it's Neptune's large and unusual moon -- Triton -- which reflects an average of 70% of the sunlight hitting it.
Neptune has 14 known moons -- and Webb picked up seven of them.


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