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This image of Jupiter was just made public and was obtained by NASA’s Webb Telescope.
NASA/NASA New telescopic photographs of Jupiter taken by NASA depict auroras, cloud cover, and height.
The most recent images, taken by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, show bands of blue and gray in the planet’s center, with rainbow-colored colours near its poles.
Infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye, can be converted by the telescope’s camera by the employment of three filters into colors of the visible spectrum.
Imke de Pater, a professor of planetary astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, remarked, “We hadn’t really expected it to be this good, to be honest. The fact that we can see intricacies of Jupiter, its rings, tiny satellites, and even galaxies in one shot is very amazing.
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The pictures’ red hues depict auroras, while their yellow and green hues depict hazes circling the poles. The Great Red Spot, a powerful storm that “may devour Earth,” is visible as white bands and dots in the cloud cover.
The Great Red Spot and the equatorial region both have high-altitude hazes, according to Heidi Hammel, vice president for science at the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy. “The brightness here suggests high altitude,” she added. The numerous bright white “spots” and “streaks” are probably very high-altitude cloud tops from condensed convective storms, according to the research.
The regions that are darker also have less cloud cover. Wider images display the planet’s rings as well as its two moons, Amalthea and Adrastea.