JWST Captures Stunning Image of Neptune

Sep 23, 2022 | Daily Space, JWST, Neptune

IMAGE: This image of the Neptune system, captured by Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam), reveals stunning views of the planet’s rings, which have not been seen with this clarity in more than three decades. CREDIT: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI; Processing: Joseph DePasquale (STScI)

We’ve already mentioned once this week that JWST has been tracking objects within the solar system as well as without. To date, we’ve seen stunning infrared images of Jupiter and Mars, but the latest image may be the best. JWST captured the ice giant, Neptune, in all its glory. Not only do you see the pearlescent glow of the icy world in the infrared, but the ring system is also clearly visible. The image also includes some faint dust bands and seven moons including Triton.

Honestly, I’m getting a little teary-eyed over these new images. We’ll have links to the entire set in our show notes at DailySpace.org. Go enjoy the wonder.

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Webb Telescope press release


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