While Saturn is the famous ringed planet, the distant planet Neptune has rings as well. And thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope, we can now see them clearer than we have ever before. Here’s more from Phys.Org:
Most striking in Webb’s new image is the crisp view of the planet’s rings—some of which have not been detected since NASA’s Voyager 2 became the first spacecraft to observe Neptune during its flyby in 1989. In addition to several bright, narrow rings, the Webb image clearly shows Neptune’s fainter dust bands.
“It has been three decades since we last saw these faint, dusty rings, and this is the first time we’ve seen them in the infrared,” notes Heidi Hammel, a Neptune system expert and interdisciplinary scientist for Webb. Webb’s extremely stable and precise image quality permits these very faint rings to be detected so close to Neptune.
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