Nasa unveils the clearest image of Neptune’s rings recorded over three decades, with luminous moons visible

NASA has shown the clearest view of Neptune’s rings in over 30 years.

It has posted four similar stunning images on its page Instagram account.

This was the first image NASA released of the clear view of Neptune's rings

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This was the first image NASA released of the clear view of Neptune’s ringsPhoto credit: NASA
The blue object is actually one of Neptune's moons and not a star

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The blue object is actually one of Neptune’s moons and not a starPhoto credit: NASA

Nasa wrote: “@NASAWebb has captured the clearest view of Neptune’s rings in over 30 years – we’ve seen them in infrared light for the first time.

“Swipe to the second and third picture to see 7 of Neptune’s moons. See the object on the top left? That’s not a star.

“It’s Neptune’s big, unusual moon, Triton! Because Triton is covered in frozen, condensed nitrogen, it reflects 70% of the sunlight that hits it – making it appear very bright to Webb.

“The other 6 moons can be seen as tiny dots surrounding Neptune and its rings.”

Nasa has credited the images to its powerful James Webb Space Telescope.

Neptune has seven moons and all can be seen in the reduced image.

The US space agency added: “Resembling a small blue-green snowflake, Neptune’s moon Triton is the central focus, with tiny, pearly Neptune below and to the right.

“The black background is filled with galaxies, 8-point bright objects, and dots.

“A small white spiral galaxy in the lower left corner is particularly visible.”

The Instagram post garnered nearly a million likes in just two hours.

Nasa hopes to produce even more impressive images with the James Webb Space Telescope.

It says it will give people an unprecedented view of the universe.

Nasa also revealed this zoomed out image

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Nasa also revealed this zoomed out imagePhoto credit: NASA
There is also an uncommented image showing the small moons

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There is also an uncommented image showing the small moonsPhoto credit: NASA

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