NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope captures new images of Jupiter

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NASA has released unprecedented images of the planet Jupiter taken by the James Webb Telescope, the world's most powerful telescope, which scientists hope to give more information about the planet.


  • In this picture, many other features of the planet Jupiter have come out, usually the Great Red Spot, which looks red in color, is seen in white.
  • In the picture, the brightness of the aurora i.e. Northern and Southern Lights are visible at the north and south poles of the planet Jupiter.

  • Apart from this, in a wide-field picture, all parts of this planet are visible in a line.

  • Its dim ring and two of its satellites i.e. the moons Amarthea and Adrastea are visible. Shining stars are visible in the galaxy behind them.

About Jupiter Planet :

  • Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. 

  • Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are called Jovian or gas giant planets. It is composed mostly of hydrogen and helium.

  • It has rings, but they’re very hard to see.

  • It has 79 confirmed moons.

  • It is the fifth planet from the Sun, that means Mars and Saturn are Jupiter’s neighbouring planets.

  • It rotates once in about 10 hours (a Jovian day), but takes about 12 Earth years to complete one orbit of the Sun (a Jovian year).

  • It has large storms like the Great Red Spot, which have lasted for hundreds of years.

James Webb Space Telescope :

  • NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was launched by rocket on 25 December 2021 from South America’s north-eastern coast.

  • It is the most powerful infrared telescope ever launched by NASA.

  • It has been built in collaboration with NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency.

  • It has opened a new era of astronomy.

  • Its goal is to search for the first galaxies that formed after the Big Bang.

  • It will reveal new and unexpected discoveries, and help to understand the origins of the universe and the human position.

  • It reached its destination in solar orbit about 1.6 million km from Earth after travelling 2 weeks in space. 

  • It is also considered a successor of the Hubble Telescope which was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990.

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