NASA Shares 'Absolutely Astonishing' Webb Space Telescope Views of Jupiter
The space agency's new plaything continues to hit it out of the park and out of this world.
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More images from NASA's favorite new toy, the next-generation James Webb Space Telescope, continue to trickle out following the official release of the first scientific images taken of objects in deep space.
"I think that's just one of the coolest things that we'll be able to do with this telescope in the solar system," said NASA's Stefanie Milam in a blog post.
Another NIRCam image utilizing a different filter picked up some of Jupiter's smaller moons and even the planet's faint rings that are usually hard to spot.
Milam said that the fact the rings are visible in one of Webb's first solar system images is "absolutely astonishing and amazing."
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"I couldn't believe that we saw everything so clearly, and how bright they were," Milam added. "It's really exciting to think of the capability and opportunity that we have for observing these kinds of objects in our solar system."
Webb was also put to the test during commissioning to see how well it would do trying to track faster-moving objects. It managed to perform better than it was designed to do, capturing the asteroid 6481 Tenzing whizzing about between Mars and Jupiter.
Bryan Holler, a scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, helped plan these observations and said they "demonstrate the full grasp of what Webb can observe, from the faintest, most distant observable galaxies to planets in our own cosmic backyard that you can see with the naked eye from your actual backyard."