Ice giant

Photograph of Neptune in true colour by Voyager 2 in 1989.

Neptune – The Real Blue Planet

Neptune is The Real Blue Planet, the Ice Giant of our Solar System residing far away from the Sun near the Kuiper Belt. The only one we cant see with the naked eye.

NASA scientists have made the first observation of a polar cyclone on Uranus. Using radio antenna dishes of the Very Large Array in New Mexico, they were able to peer below the methane clouds and determine there is circulating air at the planet's north pole that is warm and dry. These images were generated using the microwave observations – from left, in wavelength bands K, Ka, and Q. The average brightness was removed to enhance the contrast, and three different color maps were used to highlight various features. The cyclone is visible at the north pole, seen as a light-colored dot right of center in each image of Uranus. The observations used to generate these images were made in October 2021.

First Observation of a Polar Cyclone on Uranus

NASA scientists used microwave observations to spot the first polar cyclone on Uranus, seen in images as a light-colored dot to the right of center in each image of the planet. The images use waveleng...

What do we see in Webb's latest image of the ice giant Neptune? Webb captured seven of Neptune’s 14 known moons: Galatea, Naiad, Thalassa, Despina, Proteus, Larissa, and Triton. Neptune’s large and unusual moon, Triton, dominates this Webb portrait of Neptune as a very bright point of light sporting the signature diffraction spikes seen in many of Webb’s images. Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI

Neptune in a new light – James Webb Space Telescope

NASA's James Webb Telescope captured this latest image of Neptune in near infrared on September 21, 2022. It is the clearest view of the ice giant in 30 years and provides a view of Neptune's rings, s...

Uranus in X-ray (2002). Credit: NASA/CXO/University College London/W. Dunn et al. Optical by W.M. Keck Observatory (2004). 360 on History

Video l Uranus – A Planet Tilted And It’s Emitting X-rays

When you look at images of planets in our solar system, they all seem to follow a certain design. The rocky ones are round with a few moons, while the gas giants and the ice giants have rings. But one...

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