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James Webb Telescope captures New Scientist's rings of Jupiter

James Webb Telescope captures New Scientist’s rings of Jupiter

The James Webb Telescope has captured new images of Jupiter. The images show bright nebulae, thin rings, and aurora borealis.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured two new images that show just how complex Jupiter really is. These are composite images that combine measurements at different wavelengths. This reveals, among other things, auroras and two small moons of Jupiter.

glowing clouds and plumes

Because the James Webb Telescope Detects infrared lightThese pictures do not show the buyer’s true colors as we can see them with the naked eye. Instead, astronomers assign different colors to different infrared wavelengths to highlight specific features of the planet.

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Jupiter as you’ve never seen it before. Image: NASA, ESA, CSA, and the Jupiter ERS team. Image editing: Judy Schmidt.

In the image above, Jupiter’s aurora borealis can be seen as an orange glow at the top and bottom of the planet. A thin nebula hanging at a great height is colored green. Blue is the thickest cloud layer on the planet. White areas show the tops of storms including the famous big red spot.

Jupiter and his companions

The second image below is a widescreen screenshot. It shows not only Jupiter’s aurora – this time in blue, but also its weak rings. On the left side of the planet are two of its small moons, Adrastea and Amalthea. Spots scattered all over the image distant galaxies in the background.

In the photo, Jupiter passes through a loop. Image: NASA, ESA, CSA, and the Jupiter ERS team. Image editing: Judy Schmidt.

Honestly, we didn’t expect that [het beeld] “It’s going to be very good,” said planetary scientist Imke De Pater at the University of California, Berkeley, in a statement. She led the research with astronomer Thierry Foucher of the Paris Observatory. “It’s really cool that in one image we can see the details of Jupiter, along with its rings, little moons, and even galaxies.”

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Jupiter inside

De Pater and her colleagues hope these images will allow them to reveal the layers of Jupiter. They want to understand how gas and heat travel through the planet. They also want to study the faint ring around the planet and see how it changes over time. Also on the wishlist are a bunch of new photos of some of Jupiter’s moons.

“This image sums up the science of our Jupiter program,” Foucher says. The researchers are now analyzing the data used to create these images, looking for clues about how the buyer worked on the inside.