The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured its first breathtaking images of the gas giant Saturn, giving us a glimpse of this majestic planet and its iconic rings. Although the images are still in their raw, unprocessed state, they hold immense promise for revealing unprecedented details about Saturn.
The raw images were shared on the unofficial website JWST Feed, which provides access to all the data collected by the powerful telescope since its launch in mid-2023. Currently, the black-and-white images of Saturn were taken by JWST's Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) between June 24 and June 25. While they may appear fairly indistinct, they already offer a tantalizing view of the planet's structure and its ring system.
The processing of these raw images will be crucial in bringing out the stunning colors and fine details of Saturn. Scientists will merge multiple images to enhance the clarity of both the planet and its rings, creating a vibrant and detailed representation.