Jupiter’s auroras and other features are being shown more clearly than ever before thanks to the newest, largest, and most advanced space telescope in the world, the AP reports.
On Monday, researchers shared images of the largest planet in our solar system. The photographs were taken in July by the James Webb Space Telescope, which captured images of Jupiter’s northern and southern lights, as well as its whirling polar haze, in a level of detail that has never been seen before.
The Great Red Spot, a storm on Jupiter that is so large that it could engulf Earth, stands out prominently among countless other storms of varying sizes.
One of the insane wide-field pictures is especially stunning since it shows the faint rings encircling the planet as well as two small moons against a sparkling backdrop of galaxies.
“We’ve never seen Jupiter like this. It’s all quite incredible,” planetary astronomer Imke de Pater from the University of California, Berkeley, who helped conduct the observations, was quoted saying.
“We hadn’t really expected it to be this good, to be honest,” she added.
According to the U.S.-French study team, the infrared photos were digitally colored in blue, white, green, yellow, and orange so that the characteristics would be more noticeable.
The $10 billion successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, which was developed by NASA and the European Space Agency, was launched at the end of the previous year and has been conducting infrared observations of the universe since the summer.
With the help of the James Webb Space Telescope, researchers are hoping to get a glimpse of the universe as it was 13.7 billion years ago, when the first stars and galaxies were just beginning to form.
This is truly mind blowing. And it’s only the beginning.
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