Composite image of Jupiter – NIRCam
2022-09-01 - In the standalone view of Jupiter, created from a composite of several images from Webb, auroras extend to high altitudes above both the northern and southern poles of Jupiter. The auroras shine in a filter that is mapped to redder colours, which also highlights light reflected from lower clouds and upper hazes. A different filter, mapped to yellows and greens, shows hazes swirling around the northern and southern poles. A third filter, mapped to blues, showcases light that is reflected from a deeper main cloud.
The Great Red Spot, a famous storm so big it could swallow Earth, appears white in this view, as do other clouds, because they are reflecting a lot of sunlight.
(Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS Team; image processing by Judy Schmidt.)
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