The Great Dark Spot (top), Scooter (middle white cloud),[97] and the Small Dark Spot (bottom), with contrast exaggerated.

Podcast Episode 79 l Neptune – The Real Blue Planet

Podcast Episode 79 is all about Neptune, which is The Real Blue Planet in our Solar System, as well as being an ice-giant orbiting the Sun from far away.

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.

This artist’s concept depicts the planet GJ 1214 b, a “mini-Neptune” with what is likely a steamy, hazy atmosphere. A new study based on observations by NASA’s Webb telescope provides insight into this type of planet, the most common in the galaxy. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)

Webb Looks at a Mini Neptune

The James Webb Telescope Looks at a Mini Neptune, a class of planet common in the galaxy but about which little is known.

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...

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