Neptune’s elusive rings captured by the James Webb Telescope – IGN

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has revealed the clearest view of Neptune’s rings since the Voyager 2 spacecraft visited the ice giant more than 30 years ago.

Neptune, the eighth and farthest planet from the sun, is something of a whimsical, even by the strange and wonderful standards of our solar system. The ice giant owes its amazing blue color to the presence of methane in its overwhelming atmosphere, believed to be so hot and dense that it literally rains diamonds.

Orbiting 2.8 billion miles (4.5 billion kilometers) from the sun — nearly 30 times the distance between Earth and our star — Neptune is the only planet in our solar system that is impossible to see with the naked eye, even in its clearest form. of the nights.

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