Jupiter is glowing in new pictures from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

An early look at the view of Jupiter captured by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, hinted at how precise and detailed our new view of the planet would be. 

They released another set of photos showing the cloud cover, rings, and moons of Jupiter in remarkable detail — and it was even better than scientists were hoping for.

“We hadn’t expected it to be this good, to be honest,” astronomer Imke de Pater said. “It’s really remarkable that we can see details on Jupiter together with its rings & even galaxies in one image.”

Telescope uses a camera with three filters that translate infrared light into colors that human eye can see. The filter mapped to red colors shows Jupiter’s auroras, which shine off planet’s poles. 

Light reflected from clouds appears in blue & planet weird atmospheric hazes in a green and yellow filter. Great Red Spot is an enormous storm bigger than Earth & is so bright that it appears white. 

Zoomed images show planet’s faint rings & 2 moons, which scientists are analysing to learn more. White streaks & spots are likely from reflected sunlight bouncing off particularly high-altitude cloud.

With these new images, Jupiter joins Stephan’s Quintet, exoplanet WASP-96 b & the Southern Ring Nebula. And they’re just the start — there’s so much more to explore, and more images are coming soon.