Earth’s newest and largest space telescope, James Webb, reveals Jupiter with its auroras and clarity like never before. Scientists released new photos of the largest planet in the Solar system the other day.
The James Webb Space Telescope took the photos in July and was able to capture unprecedented views of Jupiter’s northern and southern lights and swirling polar fog.
James Webb Space Telescope Also Observed Jupiter’s Storm
Jupiter’s ‘Great Red Spot’ , storm large enough to swallow Earth , stands out brightly alongside countless smaller storms. The wide-ranging photograph shows faint rings around the planet, as well as two of its smaller moons against a glowing galaxy background .
Planetary astronomer Imke de Pater of the University of California, Berkeley , said in a statement:
“This is all pretty incredible. We’ve never seen Jupiter like this. To be honest, we didn’t expect it to be this good.”
According to the US-French research team, infrared images were artificially colored blue, white, green, yellow and orange to highlight their important aspects. The successor to NASA and the European Space Agency ‘s $10 billion Hubble Space Telescope rocketed away at the end of last year and has been observing the universe in infrared since summer. Scientists hope to see the birth of the universe with James Webb dating back to the time when the first stars and galaxies formed 13.7 billion years ago.