DThe US space agency NASA has published impressive pictures of Jupiter provided by the James Webb Space Telescope. “We honestly didn’t expect it to be so good,” astronomer Imke de Pater of the University of California at Berkeley said Monday (local time). “It’s amazing how we can see details on Jupiter, including rings, small satellites and even galaxies.”
De Pater led the research with Thierry Fauchet from the Paris Observatory. The images were taken with a camera whose spectrum approached ultra-red. The images were then colored artificially because the ultra-red light is imperceptible to the human eye. An image shows the weak rings of Jupiter and its moons Amalthea and Adrastia.
Aurora is clearly visible
Even the northern lights can be seen at the north and south poles, as the European Space Agency writes. The ringed planet’s famous Great Red Spot is also clearly visible, albeit in white for physical reasons. The Red Spot, a hurricane, is bigger than Earth.
The James Webb Telescope, also built with German participation, was launched in December after decades of preparation. It is now more than a million kilometers away from Earth.
It explores the early days of the universe, a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, about 13.8 billion years ago. Astronomers hope to draw the first conclusions about the formation of stars and galaxies. The telescope also searches for exoplanets.