Neptune Close-Up (NIRCam Image)

Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) image of Neptune, taken on 12 July 2022, brings the planet’s rings into full focus for the first time in more than three decades.

The most prominent features of Neptune’s atmosphere in this image are a series of bright patches in the planet’s southern hemisphere that represent high-altitude methane-ice clouds. 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. Additionally, for the first time, Webb has teased out a continuous band of high-latitude clouds surrounding a previously-known vortex at Neptune’s southern pole.

Credit:

 NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI

About the Image

Id:weic2214a
Type:Planetary
Release date:21 September 2022, 14:00
Related releases:weic2214
Size:1680 x 1120 px

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
cool stars, steam
1.4 μmJames Webb Space Telescope
NIRCam
Infrared
methane
2.1 μmJames Webb Space Telescope
NIRCam
Infrared
water ice
3.0 μmJames Webb Space Telescope
NIRCam
Infrared
CO
4.6 μmJames Webb Space Telescope
NIRCam

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