NASA’s Webb Telescope Reveals Stunning New Image of Uranus, resembling a gateway to another world

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has shared a recent image of the icy planet Uranus. Captured with the telescope’s infrared filters, the image showcases the planet’s rings, including “the elusive Zeta ring,” and the north polar cloud cap. The craft used four NIRCam filters to capture detail in the near-infrared spectrum, revealing a “strange and dynamic ice world filled with exciting, atmospheric features.” The image also captures 14 of Uranus’ 27 moons and distant stars and galaxies appear in the black space surrounding the planet, capturing wavelengths future space travelers wouldn’t see with the naked eye. Astronomers believe the images will help them better understand Uranus, especially its Zeta ring, for future missions. They also view the pictures as a proxy for learning about the nearly 2,000 documented exoplanets in other solar systems that share traits with Uranus.