View larger. | Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 was used to observe Jupiter at its opposition this past June, when Earth was passing between Jupiter and the sun, placing Jupiter opposite the sun in our sky, with its fully lighted hemisphere facing Earth. Jupiter was also about at its closest for the year (about 400 million miles from Earth) in June. Image via NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute/ Hubblesite.org.
NASA and Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore released this new Hubble Space Telescope view of Jupiter yesterday (August 8, 2019). The telescope acquired the image on June 27. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? It’s reminiscent of some spacecraft images. Space fans waiting for the launch of the Webb Space Telescope – which will be the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope – will have to wait until 2021, but, in the meantime, Hubble’s still got it!
The image reveals Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, which has been seen to be disintegrating, or at least changing, recently, and which appears perhaps on the small side here, but still pretty robust. NASA wrote that this new image also reveals:
… a more intense color palette in the clouds swirling in Jupiter’s ...