The elusive rings of Neptune captured by the James Webb Telescope - IGN

The elusive rings of Neptune captured by the James Webb Telescope – IGN

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

Neptune, the eighth planet and furthest from the Sun, is something of a quirk even by the weird and wonderful standards of our solar system. The ice giant owes its spectacular blue hue to the presence of methane in its crushing atmosphere, where it is believed to be so hot and dense that it is literally raining diamonds.

Orbiting about 2.8 billion miles (4.5 billion km) from the Sun – roughly 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 on the clearest of nights.

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