Never before have we observed a planet with such a spectacular aspect.
the space telescope james webb he’s starting to be the Elon Musk of science news. We always find some reason to mention it in Urban Tecno, but it is that it is impossible to resist its charms. Whether it’s showing us a first picture of galaxies warped by space-time, showing us how stars form and die, or failing to get rid of hackers, the space telescope always blows our minds. And on this occasion, he arrives accompanied by a bright planet.
Neptune and its rings, discovered by James Webb
The frost giant What is it Neptune It has been shown in all its splendor, never better said, thanks to a new snapshot obtained by the James Webb telescope. As stated in the article, the farthest planet from the sunwhich is why it is an icy celestial object, offers us the view of its rings in the clearest way that we have seen in the last 30 years, in addition to revealing to us a brightness that attracts everyone who sees it.
Hello, Neptune. Are these your rings?
This recent image of @NASAWebb it is the clearest view of Neptune’s rings in more than 30 years and the first in infrared light. See images of the planet and its dust lanes, rings and moons: https://t.co/NYAlDVi5K7 pic.twitter.com/ciYEs5KF0w
— NASA in Spanish (@NASA_es) September 21, 2022
The rings that we can see in the image above had not been observed since the passage of the voyager 2 space probe around the planet. It was August 25 1989 When the probe approached 4,950 kilometers from Neptune and it is now that we can once again clearly observe both its rings like the dust bands blurred between them. Heidi Hammelexpert in the Neptune system, it states that:
It’s been three decades since we’ve seen these fuzzy, dusty rings, and it’s the first time we’ve seen them in the infrared spectrum.
The bluish appearance of the planetespecially granted by the images obtained by the Hubble telescope, is due, among other aspects, to the richness of hydrogen and helium present on Neptune, in addition to small amounts of methane. Since the James Webb camera shows objects in the near infrared rangethe photograph obtained does not present that characteristic color.
By the way, the shining star that can be seen in the upper part of the image is actually one of Neptune’s moons, the so-called Triton. This one, covered in frozen nitrogenhe is able to reflect until the 70% sunlight and revolve around the planet retrograde motion, that is, in the opposite direction to Neptune. will be the next year when the space telescope james webb study in depth both the remote planet as their Moon more conspicuous.