Nep­tune in fresh new de­tail

All About Space - - Launch Pad -

Nep­tune, the most dis­tant of the eight plan­ets in the So­lar Sys­tem, is a par­tic­u­larly hard planet to im­age. Due to it be­ing ap­prox­i­mately 4.3 bil­lion kilo­me­tres (2.7 bil­lion miles) from Earth, it’s just an­other speck of light in the sky and re­quires a spe­cial te­le­scope to im­age it.

Step up the Euro­pean South­ern Ob­ser­va­tory’s (ESO) Very Large Te­le­scope (VLT). Us­ing its Multi-Unit Spec­tro­scopic Ex­plorer (MUSE) in­stru­ment, the ice gi­ant was im­aged in de­tail that ex­cels even the Hub­ble Space Te­le­scope.

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