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New space telescope shows Jupiter’s auroras, tiny moons

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) The worlds newest and biggest space telescope is showing Jupiter as nothing you’ve seen prior, 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 Jupiters northern and southern lights, and swirling polar haze. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a storm big enough to swallow Earth, sticks out brightly alongside countless smaller storms.

One wide-field picture is specially dramatic, showing the faint rings round the planet, in addition to two tiny moons against a glittering background of galaxies.

Weve never seen Jupiter such as this. Its all quite incredible, said planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, of the University of California, Berkeley, who helped lead the observations.

We hadnt really expected it to be this good, in all honesty,” she added in a statement.

The infrared images were artificially colored in blue, white, green, yellow and orange, based on the U.S.-French research team, to help make the features stick out.

NASA and the European Space Agency’s $10 billion successor to the Hubble Space Telescope rocketed away by the end of this past year and contains been observing the cosmos in the infrared since summer. Scientists desire to behold the dawn of the universe with Webb, peering completely back to once the first stars and galaxies were forming 13.7 billion years back.

The observatory is put 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) from Earth.


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