After the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) began revealing images of the universe at infrared wavelengths, Scientists have begun to study a wide range of astronomical phenomena, such as the formation of stars and galaxies. The evolution of the universe, as well as the composition and properties of exoplanets.
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The telescope is designed to be extremely powerful and delivers images and data of unprecedented quality. The solar system’s gas giant has captured “planes” traversing the neighborhood of Jupiter.
These are not regular flights. In this case – scientists explain that it is a term used to refer to small, bright astronomical objects associated with young stars in their formation. They are formed by jets of hot gas ejected by young stars and collide with the surrounding interstellar medium.
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These “planes” captured by the James Webb Space Telescope at Jupiter’s equator are specifically clouds of ice crystals. This is a common phenomenon on Jupiter, but it has not been seen so clearly before. Images from the James Webb Space Telescope are much larger and more complex than previously thought.
This amazing phenomenon is important for understanding Jupiter’s atmosphere and will help scientists study the planet’s atmospheric circulation and composition of the upper atmosphere.
Other revelations from the James Webb Space Telescope
Recently, an international team of astronomers, including researchers from the Astrophysical Institute of the Canary Islands, Captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, the iconic Messier 57 nebula captures the intricate, beautiful beauty like never before.
New images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) provide an unprecedented opportunity to study and understand the complex processes that shaped this cosmic masterpiece.
“The James Webb Space Telescope has given us an extraordinary view of the Ring Nebula that we have never seen before. The high-resolution images not only show the intricate details of the nebula’s expanding shell, “But they also reveal the inner region around the central white dwarf with exquisite clarity,” said researcher Mike Barlow, who leads the JWST Ring Nebula Project.
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The Ring Nebula is a testament to the stellar life cycle. About 2,600 light-years from Earth, the nebula was born from a dying star that ejected its outer layers into space. What’s truly fascinating about these nebulae is their variety of shapes and forms, often including delicate glowing rings, expanding bubbles, or complex diffuse clouds.
These patterns are the result of complex interactions of different physical processes that are not yet well understood. Radiation from the hot central star illuminates these layers. Like fireworks, different chemical elements in the nebula emit light of specific colors, creating colorful celestial objects. Also, it allows astronomers to study the chemical evolution of these objects in detail.
“The unprecedented spatial resolution obtained by JWST allowed us to see structures in the form of clumps and filaments as small as 150 astronomical units (AU), knowing that one astronomical unit is the distance from the Earth to the Sun,” explains Arturo. Manzato, an IAC researcher and member of the JWST Ring Nebula Project.
*With information from Agencia Sinc