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James Webb Space Telescope finds first evidence of CO

Pic The James Webb Space Telescope has snapped the clearest picture of Neptune, capturing its dust rings and seven moons, in more than 30 years.

Neptune, designated the furthest planet in the Solar System after Pluto was demoted to a dwarf world in 2006, is more than 2.6 billion miles away from Earth. The only spacecraft to visit the faraway gas giant was Voyager 2 during a flyby in 1989; that probe beamed back images of bright rings around Neptune made up of clumps of dust shed by its nearby natural satellites.

Star trek ... Neptune capture by the JWST. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI. Click to enlarge or click here for a closeup

Now, the JWST – the multi-billion-dollar machine that was delayed for years before launching last year – has provided astronomers with fresh observations of Neptune's dust rings and moons.

"It has been three decades since we ...

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