NASA shows off a lovely new image of Jupiter

  • NASA shows off a lovely new image of Jupiter

NASA shows off a lovely new image of Jupiter

Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 observed Jupiter when the planet was 400 million miles (640 million kilometers) from Earth, when Jupiter was near "opposition", or nearly directly opposite the sun in the sky.

Hubble participates in the Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy program, and these images of the outer planets help scientists study the giant planets and their atmospheres.

Each year, the Hubble Space Telescope spends some time looking at the outer planets of our solar system.

Hubble's perspective of Jupiter, which was taken on June 27 when Jupiter was 400 million miles from Earth, shows the massive planet's famous Great Red Spot, along with a more intense group of colors swirling in the Gas Giant's turbulent atmosphere. And luckily, Jupiter has an interplanetary visitor - NASA's Juno spacecraft - scanning the planet's clouds to gather more information. Bands of clouds can be seen moving toward the circular storm that matches Earth's diameter, according to the Hubble site. The reason for this is still unknown so Hubble will continue to observe Jupiter in the hope that scientists will be able to solve this stormy riddle.

This global map of Jupiter released by NASA on August 8, 2019 was created using imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope. "Lighter bands rise higher and have thicker clouds than the darker bands". These hues and their changes can provide important details on Jupiter's evolving atmosphere.

Parallel bands of cloud contrast with one another as they travel in opposite directions across Jupiter's tumultuous "surface".

Jupiter's bands, which are developed by differences in thickness and height of ammonia ice clouds, are confined to the north and south by jet streams that don't change, even if the bands start to vary in color. The storm moves in the opposite direction to the two bands of cloud it is in direct contact with. The two white oval features are anticyclones, similar to small versions of the Great Red Spot. The various other white and brown spots in the clouds of Jupiter are much smaller storms and can last for a few hours or centuries. "Researchers have observed cyclones with a wide variety of different appearances across the planet".