Looks impressive. The James Webb Telescope took a photo of Uranus with rings and satellites


Looks impressive. The James Webb Telescope took a photo of Uranus with rings and satellites

January 1, 18:00 Share:

Uranus, its rings and 14 of its moons captured by the James Webb Space Telescope's near-infrared camera. (Photo:NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI)

The James Webb Research Telescope has provided a stunning panorama of Uranus, showing the ice giant in all its glory..

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The image shows a panorama of Uranus' rings, its polar ice cap and 14 of its 27 moons. The wide-angle image also shows stars and galaxies in the background.

This photo was made possible by the near-infrared camera on the JWST telescope.. The new photo is an addition to a series of photos taken earlier in February. The enhanced image includes additional wavelengths of light, revealing a previously hidden ring — the «Zeta Ring».

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In the close-up photograph you can see 14 satellites of Uranus, including such as Oberon, Titania, Umbriel and others. The near-infrared imaging also revealed atmospheric features such as the north pole cloud cap, allowing scientists to take a deeper look into the planet's atmosphere.

This unique opportunity to view Uranus in all its glory brings new insights into the atmosphere and climate of this ice giant, which experiences extreme seasons due to its slow rotation around the Sun and the high tilt of its rotation axis.