‘Never Seen Jupiter Like This’: James Webb Telescope Shows Incredible View of Planet | James Webb space telescope

The world’s newest and largest space telescope shows Jupiter like never before, auroras and all.

Scientists released the photos of the solar system’s largest planet on Monday.

The James Webb Space Telescope took the photos in July, capturing unprecedented images of Jupiter’s north and south lights and the swirling Arctic nebula.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a storm big enough to engulf the Earth, stands out brightly alongside countless smaller storms. One wide-angle shot is particularly dramatic, showing the faint rings around the planet, as well as two small moons against a shimmering galaxy background.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is clearly visible in these images from the James Webb Space Telescope.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is clearly visible in these images from the James Webb Space Telescope. Photo: NASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS team; image processing by Judy Schmidt.

‘We’ve never seen Jupiter like this. It’s all pretty incredible,” planetary astronomer Imke de Pater of the University of California, Berkeley, said in a statement. She helped direct the observation. “We honestly didn’t expect it to be this good.”

The infrared images were artificially colored in blue, white, green, yellow and orange to make the features stand out, according to the American-French research team.

NASA and the successor to the $10 billion Hubble Space Telescope shot out late last year, observing the cosmos in infrared since the summer. With Webb, scientists hope to witness the dawn of the universe, looking all the way back to when the first stars and galaxies formed 13.7 billion years ago.

The observatory is located 1.6 meters from Earth.

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