While the whole world was busy flaunting images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the US space agency NASA also secretly released two new fascinating pictures of the gas giant Jupiter. The new images were taken by the Webb telescope, however, so they are not the formal, full-resolution photos released earlier this week in the style of the main release.
According to sky News, the images were included in a NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) commissioning document to show that its NIRCam (Near Infrared Camera) can track moving targets. Images show Jupiter and its moons in a new light.
Take a look below:
You all – I promised and now I fulfill. In today’s report “Featuring JWST Science Performance from Commissioning” (https://t.co/cR4CI1Jn4f), Figure 1 contains engineering data featuring Jupiter, including some moons and a ring! It will only get better from here, so gear up! pic.twitter.com/e20TsxhXaW
— Dr. Heidi B. Hammel (@hbhammel) 12 July 2022
A short-wavelength image of Jupiter can be seen on the left and a long-wavelength image on the right. This dramatically reveals the types of different atmospheric conditions that the Webb telescope has been able to spot.
According to the outlet, both images were taken with an exposure of 75 seconds. These include Jupiter’s moons Europa, Thebe and Metis. Europa’s shadow is also visible to the left of the Great Red Spot.
The latest photos suggest that the James Webb Space Telescope will be useful for working in our solar system as well. according to independentJWST can track near-Earth objects and comets as they fly by our cosmic neighborhood.
Meanwhile, astronomers have said that the new powerful James Webb Space Telescope Discoveries can be made that cannot be imagined right now. “Who knows what’s coming for JWST. But I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of surprises,” said René Doyn, principal investigator of the Near-Infrared Imager and Slit Lace Spectrograph, one of Webb’s instruments.
Distant colliding galaxies, gas-giant exoplanets and dying star systems were the first astronomical subjects captured by the multibillion-dollar observatory.