The James Webb Space Telescope has captured unique images of the planet Neptune and its rings. The images provide valuable insights into its atmosphere, the US space agency NASA said on Wednesday.
Astronomers haven’t been able to see the solar system’s most distant planet so clearly since the Voyager 2 probe passed near Neptune in 1989. The telescope’s infrared vision offers a new way to analyze the atmosphere, explains Mark McCaughrean, science and exploration adviser at the European Space Agency (ESA).
The telescope will eliminate all glare from the sun’s reflection on Neptune’s surface and light pollution from its surroundings, allowing scientists to examine the planet’s atmospheric composition, says McCaughrean, who worked on the James Webb project for more than 20 years. .
The James Webb, which has been operational since July last year, is the most powerful space telescope ever. It is the successor to the famous Hubble space telescope and was developed by the United States, Europe and Canada.