The world’s newest and largest space telescope is showing Jupiter as never before, auroras and all.
Scientists released the shots Monday of the solar system’s biggest planet.
The James Webb Space Telescope took the photos in July, capturing unprecedented views of Jupiter’s northern and southern lights, and swirling polar haze. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a storm large enough to swallow Earth, stands out brightly alongside countless smaller storms.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a storm large enough to swallow Earth, stands out brightly alongside countless smaller storms.NASA
Faint rings across the planet, in addition to two tiny moons against a glittering background of galaxies.NASA
One wide-field picture is especially dramatic, showing the faint rings across the planet, in addition to two tiny moons against a glittering background of galaxies.
“We’ve never seen Jupiter like this. It’s all quite incredible,” planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, of the University of California, Berkeley, said in a press release. He helped lead the remark. “We hadn’t really expected it to be this good, to be honest.”
The infrared images were artificially coloured in blue, white, green, yellow and orange, in line with the US-French research team, to make the features stand out.
NASA and the European Space Agency’s $10 billion successor to the Hubble Space Telescope rocketed away at the top of last 12 months and has been observing the cosmos within the infrared since summer. Scientists hope to behold the dawn of the universe with Webb, peering all the way in which back to when the primary stars and galaxies were forming 13.7 billion years ago.
The observatory is positioned 1 million miles from Earth.