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James Webb Space Telescope Captures Fascinating View of Neptune’s Rings IV News

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According to NASA, Webb’s extremely stable and accurate image quality allows the detection of these extremely weak rings so close to Neptune.

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Webb also captured seven of Neptune’s 14 known moons. Dominating this Webb picture of Neptune is a very bright dot of light sporting the signature diffraction spikes seen in many of Webb’s images, but it is not a star. Rather, it is Neptune’s large and unusual moon Triton.

Covered with a frozen glow of condensed nitrogen, Triton reflects an average of 70 percent of the sunlight that falls on it. It is far beyond Neptune in this image as the planet’s atmosphere is darkened by methane absorption at these near-infrared wavelengths

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Neptune has fascinated researchers since its discovery in 1846. It is 30 times farther from the Sun than Earth, and it orbits in the remote, dark region of the outer Solar System. This planet is known as an ice giant because of the chemical composition of its interior.

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