JWST Looks at Jupiter

This image of Jupiter taken by JWST’s NIRCam shows interesting details visible in infrared light. In this image, brightness indicates high altitude. The numerous bright white ‘spots’ and ‘streaks’ are very high-altitude cloud tops in convective storms. Auroras (red) extend to higher altitudes above both the planet’s poles of the planet, but the dark ribbons north of the equator are regions with little cloud cover.

Image Credits: NASA / ESA / CSA / STScI / R. Hueso (University of the Basque Country) / I. de Pater (University of California, Berkeley) / T. Fouchet (Observatory of Paris) / L. Fletcher (University of Leicester) / M. Wong (University of California, Berkeley) / J. DePasquale (STScI)

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