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New image of Neptune from the Webb space telescope

It's maybe the most beautiful celestial image I've seen yet. Fills me with awe and wonder.
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
Can James Webb beat this awesome image with my 8 inch telescope and cell phone?

JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
@LunarOrbit Saturn, my telescope isn't good enough for neptune generally, Very hard to seee.
FukFaceWillie · 51-55, M
@JimboSaturn But that you can see it live (minus what, a couple of hours) is so amazing.
LunarOrbit · 56-60, M
@JimboSaturn Very nice pic nonetheless :)
It's obvious I'm a nocturnal creature and love the cosmos, so this gorgeous image literally makes my heart smile. 💖 I'm in awe. Thank you for sharing!
@MoonlightLullaby nocturnal creatures understand the magic lure of the night sky 🌜
@robingoodfellow Yes! We have an appreciation many don't comprehend.💫
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
Yes that is so cool. I guess those are moons around it? James Webb is fkg awesome.
Gusman · 56-60, M
@JimboSaturn Perspective. Triton is only 220,000 miles away.
Same distance Earth and Moon
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
@Gusman Oh I should know this being into astronomy lol. That would mean the other moons are close.
Gusman · 56-60, M
@JimboSaturn Closest is Naiad - 30,000 miles.
Naiad is only 20 miles across
Triton is 840 miles across
FukFaceWillie · 51-55, M
I do sometimes distinguish between natural light and other forms of imagery. This is really a graph of infrared radiation. It’s still incredible, though.
@FukFaceWillie Yes, it's a fine image!
Allelse · 31-35, M
Damn!!! That's beautiful!!! Like a great big lemonade ice bubble.
ChipmunkErnie · 70-79, M
Neat -- a glow-in-the-dark planet. :)
starmitz · 51-55, F
Wow that's incredible
StarLily · 51-55, F
helenS · 36-40, F
Do you know the spectral range? Is it infrared?
helenS · 36-40, F
@Gusman So it's essentially a temperature profile of the planet. Fascinating.
@helenS You got me curious, so I started looking things up. NASA says
[quote]The wavelength range covered by Webb's scientific instruments will be from about 0.6 μm to 28 μm (visible to mid-infrared light). By comparison, the Hubble Space Telescope observes at 0.1-2.5 microns (ultraviolet to the near infrared).[/quote]

Astronomers can choose one of 4 instruments at a time (I think)
1 Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam): 0.6–5 micrometers
2 Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec): 0.7–5 micrometers
3 Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI): 5–28.5 micrometers
4 Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (FGS/NIRISS): 0.6–5 micrometers

Each instrument has options; here are the filter options for NIRCam

I think many of the images we see are originally "black and white" taken thru 3 or more filters sequentially, then assigned "false colors" to make a composite color image (if that makes any sense).
helenS · 36-40, F
@ElwoodBlues Thank you!!!
And yes of course you can assign a color space to a temperature range; scientists do that all the time.
Very cool, is that aurorae?

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