Neptune’s Elusive Rings Captured by James Webb Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has revealed the clearest view of Neptune’s rings since the Voyager 2 spacecraft visited Neptune more than 30 years ago.

Neptune is the eighth and farthest planet from the sun, and it’s a little weird even by the strange and wonderful standards of our solar system. The ice giant’s spectacular blue hue is due to the presence of methane in its shattered atmosphere, thought to be so hot and dense that it literally rains diamonds.

About 2.8 billion miles (4.5 billion kilometers) from the sun—about 30 times the distance between Earth and our star—Neptune is the only planet in our solar system that cannot be seen with the naked eye, even in the clearest such a night.

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