Images from the "James Webb" telescope: Jupiter appears in a completely new light

The James Webb space telescope sends spectacular new images back to earth.

Images from the "James Webb" telescope: Jupiter appears in a completely new light

The James Webb space telescope sends spectacular new images back to earth. This time it's images of Jupiter with amazing detail, such as the auroras. However, the Great Red Spot appears all white for a special reason.

New images from a camera on the James Webb Telescope reveal many of Jupiter's details. The auroras can be seen over the north and south poles, as the European space agency ESA writes. The famous Great Red Spot of the ringed planet is also clearly recognizable, it is a gigantic cyclone on the gas planet.

"We didn't really expect it to be that good, to be honest," said planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, who led the observations of Jupiter, of the images. "It's really remarkable that we can see details of Jupiter along with its rings, tiny satellites and even galaxies in one image," says the researcher.

The photos were taken with the telescope's infrared camera. Since infrared radiation can be felt by humans as heat but cannot be seen with the naked eye, colors are assigned to the different wavelengths so that a visible impression is created in the end. In the published images, the planet's Great Red Spot therefore appears in white.

"James Webb" was built jointly by the space agencies in Europe (ESA), the USA (NASA) and Canada (CSA) and was launched on December 25th on board an Ariane launch vehicle from the European spaceport Kourou in French Guiana - after there had previously been cost explosions and repeated postponements. The first images from the telescope were published in mid-July and provided the deepest and most detailed insights into space to date.

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