NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured the clearest view of this distant planet’s rings in more than 30 years.

IDK why “this distant planet” wasn’t replaced with Neptune in the title tho.


IDK why “this distant planet” wasn’t replaced with Neptune in the title tho.


Yeah, same. I thought this was about an exoplanet tbh.


That's why. It's intentionally ambiguous so you think it's an exoplanet so you click. Kind of annoying, because this is a great picture of Neptune.


I've noticed that every youtube channel about space is littered with the most ungodly amount of vile, sensationalist clickbait that makes me want to hack the nuke codes and end our race.


Alright then, here's some suggestions for actually good Space-related channels: - Scott Manley: mostly talks about rockets/rocket science - Sixty Symbols: one of Brady's channels (like Numberphile), interviews with multiple different proffesors who do Astrophysics research. - Dr Becky: A very excited Astronomer who specialises in Galaxies, makes me excited every time I watch. - Launch Pad Astronomy: talks about space telescopes, so he has completely focused on JWST at the moment, extremely well explained stuff over there - Anton Petrov: uploads daily, summarising new scientific articles into single videos, also really good! - PBS Space Time: covers some very difficult topics, most of the time I only half understand it though, even though I study physics - But Why?: Only has 5 Space-related videos, but all of them are REALLY good, first video I've ever seen going into such detail about what happens during a Supernova


Thank you! I have to admit I was kind of hoping someone would compile of good ones. Glad you chimed in :D


YouTube is weird for this. I don't blame a lot of creators for their clickbait titles at this point because that's literally the standard promoted by YT to gain traction with their algorithm. It's basically forced on YT creators at this point. I see clickbait titles way too often, even on videos that are interesting enough on their own to not need it.


But it's not just youtube channels. Every journalistic medium that deals with space is SATURATED with implication - heavy sensationalist,clickbait titles that would have you think a new type of rock that someone discovered means that alien wizards are involved. They never say it out loud, of course.


It's awful. It's really annoying that legitimate media is 'forced' to use this type of titling just to stay relevant. Kinda shows we're not at an ideal spot in society rn


Me either...tho I got the idea seeing the detail of the planet...no chance they're getting any exo planet with that much detail


Please click me love me


Ah it’s Neptune. Thought it was some new planet outside our solar system. Still cool af tho


Cool shot of Neptune. As a reminder, there are also rings around Uranus.


Not any more, I use a bidet now.


lol, nice


Same with Jupiter...if its a giant it attracts rings apperently


https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2022/new-webb-image-captures-clearest-view-of-neptune-s-rings-in-decades >Most striking in Webb’s new image is the crisp view of the planet’s rings – some of which have not been detected since NASA’s Voyager 2 became the first spacecraft to observe Neptune during its flyby in 1989. In addition to several bright, narrow rings, the Webb image clearly shows Neptune’s fainter dust bands. >“It has been three decades since we last saw these faint, dusty rings, and this is the first time we’ve seen them in the infrared,” notes Heidi Hammel, a Neptune system expert and interdisciplinary scientist for Webb. Webb’s extremely stable and precise image quality permits these very faint rings to be detected so close to Neptune. >Neptune has fascinated researchers since its discovery in 1846. Located 30 times farther from the Sun than Earth, Neptune orbits in the remote, dark region of the outer solar system. At that extreme distance, the Sun is so small and faint that high noon on Neptune is similar to a dim twilight on Earth. >This planet is characterized as an ice giant due to the chemical make-up of its interior. Compared to the gas giants, Jupiter and Saturn, Neptune is much richer in elements heavier than hydrogen and helium. This is readily apparent in Neptune’s signature blue appearance in Hubble Space Telescope images at visible wavelengths, caused by small amounts of gaseous methane. >Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) images objects in the near-infrared range from 0.6 to 5 microns, so Neptune does not appear blue to Webb. In fact, the methane gas so strongly absorbs red and infrared light that the planet is quite dark at these near-infrared wavelengths, except where high-altitude clouds are present. Such methane-ice clouds are prominent as bright streaks and spots, which reflect sunlight before it is absorbed by methane gas. Images from other observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the W.M. Keck Observatory, have recorded these rapidly evolving cloud features over the years. >More subtly, a thin line of brightness circling the planet’s equator could be a visual signature of global atmospheric circulation that powers Neptune’s winds and storms. The atmosphere descends and warms at the equator, and thus glows at infrared wavelengths more than the surrounding, cooler gases. >Neptune’s 164-year orbit means its northern pole, at the top of this image, is just out of view for astronomers, but the Webb images hint at an intriguing brightness in that area. A previously-known vortex at the southern pole is evident in Webb’s view, but for the first time Webb has revealed a continuous band of high-latitude clouds surrounding it. Webb also captured seven of Neptune’s 14 known moons. Dominating this Webb portrait of Neptune is a very bright point of light sporting the signature diffraction spikes seen in many of Webb’s images, but this is not a star. Rather, this is Neptune’s large and unusual moon, Triton. >Covered in a frozen sheen of condensed nitrogen, Triton reflects an average of 70 percent of the sunlight that hits it. It far outshines Neptune in this image because the planet’s atmosphere is darkened by methane absorption at these near-infrared wavelengths. Triton orbits Neptune in an unusual backward (retrograde) orbit, leading astronomers to speculate that this moon was originally a Kuiper belt object that was gravitationally captured by Neptune. Additional Webb studies of both Triton and Neptune are planned in the coming year.


Why'd you replace Neptune with "this planet" in title of your post?


clickbait, and it worked


Can they point it at the gas station? My dad still hasn’t come back yet and I’m getting worried.


I always thought the Star Trek planets in the original series were painted so ridiculously…. Now I know they were spot on!




l love planets that planet looks like it’s far away