- Jonathan Amos
- BBC science reporter
These are new and amazing images of Neptune.
It was acquired by the powerful James Webb Space Telescope, which went into operation last July.
The telescope stands out with its infrared instruments Features of Neptune that did not appear in such detail Since the Voyager 2 probe flew close to the planet in 1989.
These include Dust rings and strips that surrounds the so-called “frost giant”.
Scientists are also fascinated by various cloud structures, which throw new information about the structure of Neptune’s atmosphere.
Outside the planet itself, there are also Seven out of 14 moons that surround it, including most notably: Triton.
The moon appears as a star in web images.
This is because Neptune is obscured in the telescope’s view by absorbing methane at infrared wavelengths.
Triton, on the other hand, Reflects about 70% of sunlight on its icy surface. It is very bright.
Compared to the latest photos space telescopeHubblewhich has been in technology for three decades, the difference is very noticeable.
very sexy pictures
Professor Lee Fletcher, from the University of Leicester (UK), was at the Europlanet Scientific Conference in Granada, Spain, when the image of Neptune was published.
“We were all trying to explain this on our phones, but It’s amazing seeing those rings“We are reaching wavelengths that no one has seen before,” he told the BBC.
“It’s great to see Joy What are you all!
He continued, “Longer wavelengths are completely new and could give us a window into deep circulation patterns, with a bright equatorial band somewhat similar to the bright bands of Jupiter and Saturn.”
“Powerful Neptune storms are as active as ever, and the entire Neptune family is represented here, with those ringed moons and Triton.”
Neptune is the farthest planet in our solar system, after Uranus and Saturn, followed only by the dwarf planet Pluto.
To go around the sun once, it must travel approximately a distance 4.5 billion kmsomething each 164.8 Earth years.
Like other giants in the outer solar system, its atmosphere contains a lot of hydrogen and helium. But there is a very strong presence of ice, water, ammonia and methane.
The diameter of Neptune is about 50000 kmThis is nearly four times that of Earth.
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