Spectacular "James Webb" images show rings of Neptune

EA spectacular new shot of the planet Neptune succeeded with the James Webb space telescope. The rings of the ice giant can be seen in the picture with exceptional clarity, as the European space agency Esa announced. The dust bands around the planet are also clearly visible.

A thin bright line around the equator could be a sign of the atmospheric circulation driving Neptune's winds and storms. The North Pole is no longer visible to the telescope. However, the recordings indicated an unusual brightness in the region.

"James Webb" was jointly developed by the space agencies in Europe (Esa), the United States (NASA) and Canada (CSA) and was launched into space on December 25 on board an Ariane launch vehicle from the European spaceport in Kourou in French Guiana – after cost explosions and repeated postponements had previously occurred. The first images from the telescope were published in mid-July and provided the deepest and most detailed insights into space to date.


First pictures of the JWST

Even nicer than expected
Image: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI

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