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That is Jupiter as youve never seen it before

The groundbreaking James Webb Space Telescope is peering farther into deep space than any observatory which has gone before, but its also producing breathtaking images of celestial bodies nearer to home.

Take this awesome shot of Jupiter, for instance.

Jupiter, captured by the James Webb Space Telescope.
NASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS Team; image processing by Ricardo Hueso (UPV/EHU) and Judy Schmidt.

Captured by the Webb telescopes Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam), the image highlights gorgeous auroras extending to high altitudes above both northern and southern poles of the earth.

The infrared light captured by the camera is invisible to the eye, therefore the Webb team dealing with citizen scientist Judy Schmidt mapped the info in ways to help make the details stick out. This explains why Jupiters distinctive Great Red Spot a storm system referred to as so big it might swallow Earth appears as white in the image.

The captured images are clearly way beyond what the Webb team have been longing for.

We hadnt really expected it to be this good, in all honesty its really remarkable, planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, who helped lead the observation, said in a post on NASAs website.

After further analysis of the extraordinary image, Heidi Hammel, Webb interdisciplinary scientist for solar system observations, noted: The brightness here indicates thin air therefore the Great Red Spot has high-altitude hazes, as does the equatorial region. The many white colored spots and streaks tend very high-altitude cloud tops of condensed convective storms.

In a wider image (below) captured by the Webb telescope, two tiny moons called Amalthea and Adrastea are visible.

Jupiter and its surroundings, captured by the James Webb Space Telescope.
NASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS Team; image processing by Ricardo Hueso (UPV/EHU) and Judy Schmidt.

After launching from Earth in December 2021, the Webb telescope probably the most powerful ever built is currently within an orbit around a million miles away. NASA and its own partners in Europe and Canada recently shared the first group of high-resolution color images from the mission that scientists believe could reveal more concerning the origins of the universe. Its also looking for distant planets which could support life.

Other dazzling images captured by Webb include this this stunner showing the Cartwheel Galaxy located around 500 million light-years away in the Sculptor constellation.

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