NASA released Captured by the James Webb Space Telescope of the planet Uranus, this stunning image shows the ice giant’s bright features through the planet’s atmosphere and 11 of its 13 known rings.
A large image of the planet was captured in a 12-minute exposure on February 6, 2023, using two filters.
Although this is not the first image of the seventh planet from the Sun, it is the most detailed yet.
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Launched into orbit in December 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope is an international effort between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.
The telescope will use a near-infrared camera, or NIRCam, to pull back the curtain on some of the telescope’s most famous discoveries and see into a part of the ultraviolet spectrum that humans can’t.
Before the James Webb Space Telescope images, Only Uranus is occupied. In other two facilities. In the year In 1986, the Voyager 2 spacecraft flew past the planet and the Keck Observatory took images using advanced adaptive optics.
What makes Uranus unique is that it rotates on its side, or roughly 90 degrees from its orbit, according to NASA.
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As a result, the planet has extreme seasons with many years of constant sunlight and many years of darkness. The planet takes up to 84 Earths revolving around the sun.
The image shows the north pole of the planet at the end of spring. When Voyager 2 visited Uranus in 1986, it was summer at the south pole, now on the opposite side of the planet.
According to NASA, the infrared image from Webb’s NRCam uses data from two filters, shown in blue and orange, and shows the planet in blue.
Voyager 2’s image of Uranus shows the planet as a “featureless blue-green ball,” NASA said, and Webb’s image shows the planet’s volatile nature.
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“On the right side of the planet at the pole in front of the Sun, there is a bright area known as the polar cap,” NASA said in the newspaper, when the cap comes in and out of direct sunlight in the summer. What is the date?
There is a bright cloud on the edge of the polar cap with one on the left-hand side of the planet. According to NASA, these clouds are associated with storm activity.
The planet has 13 known rings, and Webb contains 11 of those rings, although some are so bright that they merge into a larger ring.
The telescope captures the 27 known moons of Uranus.
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“Best picture of Uranus ever,” Twitter CEO Elon Musk tweeted about the image on Thursday.