(ORDO NEWS) — NASA astronomers released wide-angle images of Jupiter taken by the James Webb Space Telescope on July 27.
High-quality images allow you to see details that were previously indistinguishable in photographs of the gas giant.
The artificially colored infrared photos show details such as stripes along the edges of the planet’s disk and around the Great Red Spot, as well as faint giant rings and auroras at the planet’s north and south poles.
Webb was able to capture two small satellites of Jupiter – Amalthea and Adrastea. In addition, background galaxies are visible in the photograph.
In addition to the Great Red Spot, numerous smaller storm systems are visible in Jupiter’s atmosphere, visible as white oval patches, as well as transitions between zonal currents and eddy patterns at higher latitudes.
The combination of near and mid-infrared imaging will allow us to study the interplay between dynamic, chemical and thermal structures in the Great Red Spot and auroral regions, the scientists say.
The image shows the sensitivity and dynamic range of the NIRCam instrument on the Webb telescope.
It made it possible to capture bright waves, whirlpools and whirlwinds in the atmosphere of Jupiter and at the same time to fix a system of dark rings, which is a million times dimmer than the planet, as well as satellites Amalthea and Adrastea, whose diameter is approximately 200 and 20 kilometers, respectively.
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