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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the US space agency, has released new images of the planet Jupiter taken by the James Webb Space Telescope on July 27. The images have been digitally enhanced and artificially colored to bring out specific features. The images show the structure of Jupiter in precise detail that could further reveal what is happening on the chaotic planet.
“To be honest, we really didn’t expect it to be this good,” said planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, as quoted by NASA on its blog.
“It’s really remarkable that in one image we can see the details of Jupiter, along with its rings, small satellites and even galaxies,” said de Pater.
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New Webb images of Jupiter highlight the planet’s features, including its turbulent Great Red Spot (shown in white here), in amazing detail. These images were processed by citizen scientist Judy Schmidt: https://t.co/gwxZOitCE3 pic.twitter.com/saz0u61kJG
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“The aurora borealis shines in a filter that is mapped to redder colors, which also highlights light reflected from the lower clouds and upper hazes. Another filter, mapped to yellows and greens, shows the hazes swirling around the North and South Poles. A third filter, mapped to blues , shows light reflecting off a deeper main cloud,” NASA said.
The newly released images were actually stitched together from a series of images of Jupiter taken from images taken in July.