The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope is showing off its capabilities closer to home with its first image of Neptune. Not only has Webb captured the clearest view of this peculiar planet’s rings in more than 30 years, but its cameras are also revealing the ice giant in a whole new light. Most striking about Webb’s new […]
There are eight recognized planets in our solar system, four inner rocky planets and four outer gas giants. But beyond the orbit of Neptune, dozens of dwarf planets the size of Pluto or smaller populate a region known as the Kuiper Belt, and new computer models show there may be something even bigger lurking out there – or at least there might have been in the past.
See Neptune at Opposition in the Sky This September—It’s the Closest and Brightest the Planet Will Appear
Neptune will be at opposition (in perfect alignment with the sun and Earth) on September 14, which will make the planet appear big and bright in our sight.
The asteroids may have originated from the vicinity of Neptune’s orbit.