Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

NASA's Hubble telescope just captured a breathtakingly vivid photo of Jupiter

NASA's Hubble telescope just captured a breathtakingly vivid photo of Jupiter

This global map of Jupiter released by NASA on August 8, 2019 was created using imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Scientists say that color of Jupiter, as well as their change allow to determine the processes taking place in a stormy atmosphere.

One notable feature of the image is the vibrant color of the clouds moving towards the Great Red Spot.

The colorful bands are created by differences in the thickness and height of the ammonia ice clouds above the plant. Hubble will continue observations of Jupiter to gain insight into the storm. Astronomers are still unsure of why cloud bands change colors or why storms become smaller, however, a new Hubble Space Telescope portrait gives a close-up look at Jupiter's unpredictable atmosphere and might provide some insights on the planet's dynamic activity. Jupiter's Great Red Spot is the largest anticyclonic storm in the entire solar system. On June 27th the spacecraft did just that and the resulting image (and animation) might be one of its finest ever.

Measuring in at 10,000 miles (16,000 km) in width, the Great Red Spot is 1.3 times as wide as Earth. They flow in opposite directions at various latitudes because of different atmospheric pressures.

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The Great Red Spot itself churns along counterclockwise between two cloud bands, with each band moving in opposite directions above and below the hurricane.

All of Jupiter's colorful cloud bands in this image are confined to the north and south by jet streams that remain constant, even when the bands change color. The different concentrations are kept separate by fast winds which can reach speeds of up to 650 kilometres per hour. The two white oval-shaped features are anticyclones, like small versions of the Great Red Spot.

For explanations of various features on Jupiter, including the Great Red Spot and Red Spot Jr., link to the Space Telescope Science Institute's story.

NASA has released a brand new image from The Hubble Space Telescope showcasing what is now the best image we now have of the giant planet Jupiter.

The new image was taken in visible light as part of the Outer Planets Atmospheres Legacy program, or OPAL.

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