The images were taken with the telescope's Near-Infrared Camera, or NIRCam, which employs specialized infrared filters to highlight the planet's details.

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"To be honest, we hadn't really expected it to be this good," Imke de Pater, a planetary astronomer and emerita professor.

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"It's truly amazing that we can see details on Jupiter, as well as its rings, tiny satellites, and even galaxies, all in one image."

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The first image is a standalone view of Jupiter that was created by combining several images captured by Webb.

Using a redder-mapped filter to display auroras that extend to high altitudes above the planet's northern and southern poles.

Another filter, mapped to blues, highlights light reflected from a deeper main cloud and turns the planet's Great Red Spot, a powerful storm, white.

The second image is a wide-field view that shows off Jupiter's faint rings, while "fuzzy spots" in the lower background are likely other galaxies.

"This single image encapsulates the science of our Jupiter system program, which investigates the dynamics and chemistry of Jupiter, its rings, and its satellite system," Thierry Fouchet said.

NASA released the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, the $10 billion successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, earlier this month.

NASA has described it as the "world's largest and most powerful space telescope" ever launched