Webb Peeks Into Jupiter’s Inner Life

Jupiter dominates the black background of space. The planet is striated with swirling horizontal stripes of neon turquoise, periwinkle, light pink, and cream. The stripes interact and mix at their edges like cream in coffee. Along both of the poles, the planet glows in turquoise. Bright orange auroras glow just above the planet’s surface at both poles.
NASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS Team; image processing by Judy Schmidt
CreditNASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS Team; image processing by Judy Schmidt
Historical DateAugust 30, 2022
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Auroras and hazes glow in this composite image of Jupiter taken by the James Webb Space Telescope's Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam). NIRCam has three specialized infrared filters that showcase details of the planet.