James Webb Space Telescope captures images of Neptune’s rings, moons

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured its first image of the solar system ice giant Neptune, revealing the planet in a whole new light.

The image gives astronomers their best look at Neptune‘s icy rings for 32 years, since the Voyager 2 spacecraft flew past the planet on its way out of the solar system. “It has been three decades since we last saw those faint, dusty bands, and this is the first time we’ve seen them in the infrared,” Heidi Hammel, a planetary scientist at the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), said in a statement (opens in new tab).