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James Webb Telescope Scores a Stunning View of Uranus, Rings, and Moons

Posted by Guy Pirro 04/08/2023 01:13AM

James Webb Telescope Scores a Stunning View of Uranus, Rings, and Moons

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has taken a stunning image of one the Solar System’s ice giants, the planet Uranus. The other ice giant, Neptune, was imaged by JWST last year. The new image features dramatic rings as well as bright features in the planet’s atmosphere. The Webb data demonstrates the observatory’s unprecedented sensitivity for the faintest dusty rings, which have only ever been imaged by two other facilities: the Voyager 2 spacecraft as it flew past the planet in 1986, and the Keck Observatory with advanced adaptive optics. Uranus has 13 known rings. Some of these rings are so bright that they appear to merge into a larger ring. Webb also captured many of the 27 known moons of Uranus.


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