The James Webb directed photograph spectacularly celestial bodies that until now we did not know in such detail. However, the $10 billion space satellite wasn’t just launched to give you news out of this world wallpapers. In addition to studying deep space, the James Webb will have an essential task: study our solar system, and has already begun.
It’s true, our solar system still contains many unknowns. Because of this, NASA decided to direct viewer James Webb to our not-so-close neighbor Jupiter. By posting to your official site, they show us the images they got from the gas giant.
If the James Webb was able to capture impressive images billions of light-years away, imagine what it could do in our own solar system. Although its mission is focused on exploring the first few hundred million years of the universe, it will also study our solar system beyond the asteroid belt.
In this new image, we can see Jupiter. This, yes, At the moment it is not about something so spectacular like those of a few days ago. And it is that the captures were only used by the engineers of James Webb when calibrating their instruments. For this reason, you will not find a vivid and contrasting photograph, but rather something that reminds us the test image taken by the JWST in deep space.
The James Webb begins to demonstrate his abilities
But how does this demonstrate the technological advances of the James Webb? Well, that’s pretty easy for astronomers to discern. Jovian planets generally emit very weak light., hampering its recording in clear images by our telescopes. Now, however, the JWST is demonstrating its ability to capture images of planets like Jupiter, but also their moons and rings.
This would take us to a new stage of study. For years it has been speculated that moons like Europa of Jupiter or Enceladus of Saturn, could contain masses of liquid water under their icy surfaces. With the James Webb, we could be on the verge of detecting this chemical compound essential to life as we know it.
The telescope is able to capture moving objects
Finally, we know that NASA also managed to capture an asteroid in one of the tests by James Webb. This shows that the space telescope is also capable of photographing high-speed moving objects. Another door that opens to researchers and scientists when they study the composition of these bodies.
The pictured asteroid is located in the asteroid belt which we talked about earlier. The James Webb was able to target and track it twice as fast as expected by the team behind the telescope.