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NASA Weber Telescope released a new picture, uncovering the amazing details of Uranus.

2024-06-19 Update From: SLTechnology News&Howtos shulou NAV: SLTechnology News&Howtos > IT Information >

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CTOnews.com, December 19 (Xinhua) to celebrate the upcoming second anniversary of its launch, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has sent a special gift-the latest infrared image of Uranus. Uranus in this image is like a blue ball of light, rippling into the dark universe, showing a charming side it has never seen before.

Compared with the insipid images taken by Voyager 2 in the 1980s, the Weber Telescope presents us with a more vivid and detailed Uranus. From the perspective of the infrared spectrum, the Weber Telescope depicts a "strange and vibrant ice world full of exciting atmospheric features".

The Weber image highlights the many rings around Uranus, including the elusive Zeta Ring, the faint and scattered ring in the innermost layer of Uranus. You can also see the white spot in the center of the image, Uranus's Arctic cloud cap.

In addition, the image also captures 14 of Uranus's 27 moons, including Oberon, Titania, Umm Briel, Juliet, Percita, Rosalind, Puke, Belinda, Desdemona, Crissida, Ariel, Miranda, Bianca and Portia and many other satellites named after Shakespeare's characters.

This photo uses four NIRCam filters to reveal the details of the near-infrared spectrum. These filters include F140M (blue), F210M (cyan), F300M (yellow) and F460M (orange). Earlier this year, an image shared by NASA used only two filters (blue and orange), giving Uranus a more primitive and rough look.

When it comes to ice, Uranus is the kingdom of ice and snow. It rotates at an angle of about 98 degrees, causing the other side of the planet to fall into extreme cold and darkness during the 1/4 Uranus year. (CTOnews.com Note: a Uranus year is equivalent to about 84 Earth years).

Astronomers believe that Weber's images will help them better understand Uranus, especially its Zeta ring, and provide important information for future exploration missions. They also believe that these images can help us understand nearly 2000 exoplanets in other solar systems that are similar to Uranus.

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