The $10 billion-dollar NASA observatory captured the most transparent view of the ice planet’s rings in more than 30 years.
Some of the planet’s rings have not been detected since NASA’s Voyager 2 conducted its flyby in 1989 – the first spacecraft to observe Neptune.
- In visible light, it appears blue due to small amounts of methane gas in its atmosphere, but Neptune does not appear blue to Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera.
- Webb’s images also show an “intriguing brightness” in the northern pole and the first indication of high-latitude clouds surrounding a vortex at the southern pole.
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