Best discoveries by NASA James Webb Space Telescope so far; Check this list

    NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has always surprised us with several discoveries. Know the top 5 here.
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    | Updated on: Aug 29 2022, 19:37 IST
    NASA reveals stunning Jupiter images captured by James Webb Space Telescope
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    1/6 Amazingly, currently, on Jupiter, there are auroras, storms, extreme temperatures and powerful winds stirring things up, according to NASA. The images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope could give scientists a look at the conditions of the gas giant. (NASA)
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    2/6 Planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, professor emerita of the University of California, Berkeley said, “We hadn’t really expected it to be this good, to be honest. It’s really remarkable that we can see details on Jupiter together with its rings, tiny satellites, and even galaxies in one image.” (NASA)
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    3/6 The images were captured by the telescope's Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument on July 27, which highlighted the planet's unique features. According to NASA, the NIRCam has three specialized infrared filters that showcase details of the planet. (AFP)
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    4/6 The image was created by compositing several images. Auroras are visible near the Northern and Southern poles of the planet. According to NASA, the auroras shine in a filter that is mapped to redder colors, which also highlights light reflected from lower clouds and upper hazes. (NASA)
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    5/6 The Great Red Spot as well as other clouds can be visible in the images as white since it is reflecting the sunlight. The Great Red Spot is a giant vortex which has been swirling around on Jupiter’s surface for a long time. Jupiter’s 2 moons, Amalthea and Adrastea can also be seen “photo-bombing” the planet. (REUTERS)
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    6/6 Thierry Fouchet, a professor at the Paris Observatory, as part of an international collaboration for Webb’s Early Release Science program said, “This one image sums up the science of our Jupiter system program, which studies the dynamics and chemistry of Jupiter itself, its rings, and its satellite system.” (NASA/AFP)
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    The James Webb Space Telescope launched last year on 25 December 2021. (AP)

    The James Webb Space Telescope, NASA's largest and most powerful space science telescope was launched last year on 25 December 2021. Since then, Webb Telescope has never left a chance to surprise the world with its unexpected discoveries. The infrared observatory is orbiting the Sun about 1 million miles from Earth to find the first galaxies that formed in the early universe and to see stars forming planetary systems. We all have been left amazed with the first images shared by the James Webb Telescope of a galaxy cluster. But that's not all. The list of discoveries via the Webb Telescope is expanding with time. Here are the top discoveries so far by NASA James Webb Space Telescope. Let's have a look.

    Top 5 discoveries by NASA James Webb Space Telescope

    First image by James Webb Telescope

    On July 11, U.S. President Joe Biden and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson revealed the first science-quality image via Webb Telescope. The image was called Webb's First Deep Field, which showed a sharp ultra-deep view of the universe and cluster of galaxies called SMACS 0723.

    Webb telescope captures dying Star's Final ‘Performance'

    NASA had revealed details on July 12 about a new discovery of the James Webb Telescope, which details of the Southern Ring planetary nebula that were previously hidden from astronomers. NASA explained that 'nebulae are the shells of gas and dust ejected from dying stars.'

    A collection of five galaxies

    The James Webb Telescope also shared a stunning view of never-before-seen details of a galaxy group called "Stephan's Quintet". It is a collection of five galaxies, as seen in both near- and mid-infrared.

    Jupiter, Moons and more

    On July 14, NASA shared its first images of the solar system captured by the James Webb Telescope which shows Jupiter, as well as some of its moons and rings. It highlights the planet's massive storm, the Great Red Spot, as well as bands in the atmosphere of the planet.

    Tracked an asteroid for the 1st time

    With the tracking of a moving asteroid, the James Webb Space Telescope proved that it can keep a watch on solar system objects as well as the distant galaxies, stars and other faraway objects.

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