Pictures of Jupiter by NASA :

The world’s most powerful pair of eyes for the moment stopped looking at the edge of our universe and turned to its solar system.

That’s right, the James Webb Space Telescope that was launched in 2021 to find answers about the Universe just turned around to take a look at our neighboring planets and has captured pictures of Jupiter like never seen before.

These spectacular pictures of Jupiter have given us a mesmerizing view of the giant eye of the planet (A giant storm that’s been raging for decades), extreme temperatures, auroras, extreme pressure conditions, and powerful winds on the planet.

Picture of JupiterPicture of JupiterImage credit: NASA

The visual data captured by the James Webb Telescope was taken by the observatory’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIR Cam) having 3 specialized infrared filters for detailed observation.

These new pictures of Jupiter (the largest planet in our solar system) offer new POVs and clues to the researchers about the planet’s inner making. And these images were processed by citizen scientist Judy Schmidt.

The mission to observe Jupiter was led by the planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, professor emerita of the University of California along with Thierry Fouchet, a professor at the Paris Observatory.

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“We hadn’t really expected it to be this good, to be honest. It’s really remarkable that we can see details on Jupiter together with rings, tiny satellites, and even galaxies in one image,” Prf. Pater said in a report on the pictures of Jupiter.

The standalone picture of Jupiter revealed by NASA is a portrait made from many images. This picture shows the planet’s high-altitude auroras on both the northern and southern poles of the planet.

The slight red color shine in a filter highlights light reflected from lower clouds and upper hazes.

The IR filters captured hazes swirling around the northern and southern poles while the 3rd filter captured the light reflected from a deeper main cloud.

Picture of JupiterImage credit: NASA

And that’s not all, when the space telescope looked at Jupiter using its wide-field view it spotted the faint rings that were never seen before.

However, the rings were extremely faint to the planet, and the two moons- Adrastea and Amalthea.

“This one image sums up the science of our Jupiter system program, which studies the dynamics and chemistry of Jupiter itself, its rings, and its satellite system,” Heidi Hammel, Webb interdisciplinary scientist for solar system observations.

The scientists stated that they are further studying the new pictures of Jupiter along with the data to unlock further mysteries of the biggest planet in our solar system.

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