The amazing image of Neptune and its rings captured by the James Webb telescope (and how it compares to Hubble images)

  • Jonathan Amos
  • BBC Science Correspondent

Neptune

image source, NASA/ESA/CSA/STScI

They are new and spectacular images of Neptune.

They were obtained by the powerful James Webb Space Telescope, which became operational last July.

With its infrared instruments, the telescope highlights features of Neptune that were not seen in such detail since the Voyager 2 probe flew by the planet in 1989.

These include dust rings and bands that surround the so-called “frost giant”.

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