James Webb Space Telescope captures stunning image of Neptune's rings and moons

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Oct 22, 2019
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A great view of Neptune with ring system shown in near infrared light. My telescopes show Neptune blue (optical light). No rings visible though using a 3.6-inch refractor telescope or my 10-inch Newtonian :)

Both Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune show ring systems. How long can they last? All look very young and delicate relative to the meteorite age used to date the solar system and Earth, some 4.56 Gyr.

LOST MOON COULD SOLVE SATURN’S RIDDLES, https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/lost-moon-could-solve-saturns-riddles/

Ref - Loss of a satellite could explain Saturn’s obliquity and young rings, https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abn1234, 15-Sep-2022. “How did Saturn get its rings? Saturn’s rings are about 100 million years old, but it is unclear how they could have formed so recently..."

 

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