NASA Releases Stunning New Images of Jupiter from James Webb Space Telescope

New Webb images of Jupiter highlight the planet’s features, including its turbulent Great Red Spot. Here, it is depicted in space with enhanced color, in a composite image released by NASA. The planet’s Great Red Spot appears white and is striated with swirling horizontal stripes of neon turquoise, periwinkle, light pink, and cream. (NASA/Instagram)

NASA on Monday released two new images of Jupiter from the James Webb Space Telescope that showcase the planet’s features in detail.

The images were captured by the telescope’s near-infrared camera, which uses infrared radiation to detect objects in space.

It is able to observe celestial bodies, such as stars, nebulae and planets, that are too cool or too faint to be observed in visible light, or what is visible to the human eye.

The first image of Jupiter is a composite showing the largest planet in the Solar System against “the black background of space” with swirls of different colors indicating Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere.

The bright orange glows at the top and bottom of the planet show Jupiter’s Northern and Southern Auroras, respectively, located at both poles.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Mary Kekatos