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James Webb Telescope captures clearest image of Neptune's rings in more than 30 years


In a nutshell: NASA has shared another image from the James Webb Space Telescope of a target in our own backyard. On Wednesday, the space agency published an image of Neptune captured using Webb's Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam). The ice giant, which was first discovered in 1846, resides in the outer solar system and is roughly 30 times farther from the Sun than Earth. The Sun is so small at that distance that if observed at high noon from Neptune, it'd look like a dim twilight.

Webb's image provided the clearest view of the planet's dusty rings in more than 30 years. NASA said some of the rings have not been detected since Voyager 2's rendezvous with Neptune in 1989. It is also the first time they have been imaged in infrared.

Neptune is one of four planets in our solar system with rings, the others ...


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