Jupiter and its moons will be a 'proving ground' for the James Webb Space Telescope

Jupiter and its moons will be a ‘proving ground’ for the James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope will soon turn its eyes to the solar system’s king, the gas giant Jupiter.

Jupiter is a complex system full of mysteries, hosting realms of questions concerning the nature of its delicate rings, how its largest moons may harbor oceans of water or hidden volcanoes, and how massive storms like the Great Red Spot form in the giant planet’s turbulent atmosphere. The planet will be the perfect “proving ground,” researchers say, for the James Webb Space Telescope, the $10 billion observatory that will showcase its first operational images on July 12 . 


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