The scientific discoveries keep coming.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Monday released new images showing Jupiter in all its yellow-green glory, according to NASA’s website. The magnificent pics capture the most detailed images of Jupiter — including rings, satellites, and galaxies — to date.
Planetary astronomer Imke de Pater — at the University of California, Berkeley — led the observations of Jupiter with Thierry Fouchet.
“We hadn’t really expected it to be this good, to be honest,” Pater said in a statement. “It’s really remarkable that we can see details on Jupiter together with its rings, tiny satellites, and even galaxies in one image.”
NASA used a near-infrared camera with a specialized filter to capture the most detailed very yet of the planet, the agency said.
Among the revelations is that the massive Great Red Spot is white in the new pics because they reflect a lot of sunlight.
Heidi Hammel, Webb interdisciplinary scientist for solar system observations, analyzed the images.
“The Great Red Spot has high-altitude hazes, as does the equatorial region,” Hammel said. “The numerous bright white ‘spots’ and ‘streaks’ are likely very high-altitude cloud tops of condensed convective storms.”
NASA’s New, Stunning Glimpses Of Space
The Jupiter images come a month after astronomers acquired new glimpses into the so-called “Cartwheel Galaxy,” also courtesy of NASA. All in all, the images give scientists more information about the galaxy’s changes over the course of billions of years.
The Cartwheel Galaxy is not a new discovery. In fact, the Hubble Space Telescope previously caught glimpses of it, NASA said. But the Webb Telescope, which can detect infrared light, grants astronomers much more knowledge into the nature of the galaxy.