Neptune in fresh new detail
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.