The giant space telescope has captured 11 of the 13 rings of the planet Uranus
The giant space telescope “James Webb” documented, in a first of its kind, an image of the ice giant that shows the invisible rings of the planet and the 27 moons that revolve in its orbit.
The $10 billion telescope was able to capture 11 of the 13 rings of the planet Uranus, which appeared very bright as they seemed to blend into one bright ring.
Planet Uranus and its rings
I raise two dusty rings
What amazed astronomers and those interested in this field was that the telescope took pictures of the two highest dusty rings that were not discovered until 1986 during the Voyager 2 space shuttle flight.
The main rings of the planet consist of ice rocks estimated to be several feet wide, while the rest of the rings consist of dark ice blocks with rocks.
Scientists noted that the rings are thin, narrow and dark compared to those found in other planets, such as Saturn.
A picture of the planet and its moons
In addition, the Webb telescope also documented with pictures many of the twenty-seven known moons of Uranus, most of which are too small and dim to be seen accurately, but six bright moons were identified in one of the images, which was displayed for only 12 minutes.
The planet Uranus is always excluded when thinking about our space trips to neighboring planets, according to what Al Arabiya.net browsed about, but there are now serious attempts to visit that giant planet full of toxic gases to learn about many of its secrets.
Uranus has long been considered the stuff of jokes, and is among the most hated planets in our solar system. It seems that he is always neglected when thinking about carrying out exploratory missions into space.
Spacecraft have been sent to Venus, Mars, Saturn, Mercury, and Jupiter. There is also a vehicle on its way to Pluto.
As for Uranus, the only time it received fleeting attention was when the Voyage 2 spacecraft passed by on its way to the far reaches of the solar system in 1986.
A cynical and somber reputation
However, Uranus does not deserve that cynical and depressing reputation, as it is in fact one of the most interesting, exciting, and strange planets we know. “Uranus stands out,” says Leigh Fletcher, a planetary scientist at Oxford University. “It’s the most unusual of the many types of planets we have.”
“We don’t have a solid surface on any of these giant planets. There are no hard boundaries, nothing to stand on or sail over, but there is a constant transition from gases to liquids, to some solids.”
The planet Uranus, which is 60 times the size of Earth, is a compressed mass of toxic gases, including methane, ammonia and hydrogen sulfide, that surrounds a small rocky core.
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