NASA releases stunning image of Jupiter taken by JWST

The image is included with a study that discovered a high-speed jet stream in the planet's atmosphere.
By | Published: October 20, 2023

The image seen here is part of a NASA study which discovered a high-speed jet stream, a “never-before-seen feature in Jupiter’s atmosphere … which spans more than 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) wide, sits over Jupiter’s equator above the main cloud decks.”

“This is something that totally surprised us,” said Ricardo Hueso of the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain, lead author on the paper describing the findings. “What we have always seen as blurred hazes in Jupiter’s atmosphere now appear as crisp features that we can track along with the planet’s fast rotation.”

Related: JWST reveals amazing details in Jupiter’s cloud tops, aurorae, and faint rings.