The James Webb SPACE Telescope recently captured photos showing unprecedented views of Jupiter’s northern and southern lights and swirling polar nebula. This magnificent gaseous planet, which is also the largest in our solar system, enchanted those who looked at it.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a storm large enough to engulf the Earth, stands out clearly among countless smaller storms. One wide-field image is particularly dramatic, showing faint rings around the planet as well as two small moons against a sparkling background of galaxies.
- We have never seen Jupiter like this. It’s all quite amazing – said planetary astronomer Imke de Pater from the University of California, Berkeley.
- We didn’t expect it to be this good, to be honest – she added.
The infrared images were artificially coloured blue, white, green, yellow and orange, according to the US-French research team, to make the features stand out.
The $10 billion telescope, owned by NASA and the European Space Agency, was launched late last year and had been observing the cosmos in the infrared spectrum since summer. Scientists hope to see the dawn of space with the Web, peering all the way back to when the first stars and galaxies formed 13.7 billion years ago.
Let us remind you that just a few days ago, this telescope published new photos of the Milky Way and now of Jupiter.