Jupiter and its moons put the James Webb Space Telescope to the test

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

Jupiter is a complex system brimming with mysteries that harbors many questions about the nature of its delicate rings, how its largest moons may harbor watery oceans 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 “testing ground,” researchers say, for the James Webb Space Telescope, the $10 billion observatory that will show its first operational images on July 12.

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