James Webb telescope captures surreal images of Jupiter’s auroras

The James Webb Space Telescope team is still flexing its ability to capture detailed images close to home. Webb snapped two near-infrared photos showing Jupiter’s auroras. You can also see the planet’s extremely faint rings and two of its smaller moons, Amalthea (the leftmost bright spot) and Adrastea (the dot on the left edge of the center ring).

The images were acquired on July 27 using NIRCam’s wide-field view. As for the trippy look? Astronomers created composite images from multiple images created with filters associated with multiple colors (notably visible in the image below). The Great Red Spot and other cloud formations are white because they reflect large amounts of sunlight.

Auroras of Jupiter taken by the James Webb Space Telescope

NASA, ESA, Jupiter ERS team; Image editing by Judy Schmidt

The James Webb crew didn’t create these images just for the sake of bragging rights. According to the European Space Agency, the observations should provide further insights into Jupiter’s “inner workings”. That, in turn, could help scientists understand the behavior of gas giants beyond the solar system. In other words, Webb’s data could soon prove useful on multiple levels.

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