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Jupiter looms large in spectacular Hubble image

18 Sep 2020, 21:40 UTC
Jupiter looms large in spectacular Hubble image
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The Hubble Space Telescope captured this view of Jupiter and its icy moon Europa on Aug. 25. Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center), and M. H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley) and the OPAL team
The Hubble Space Telescope turned toward Jupiter last month, capturing colorful views of the giant planet and its icy moon Europa more than 400 million miles from Earth.
The images reveal a new storm brewing on Jupiter, giving scientists an enticing snapshot of the gas giant’s ever-changing weather. Racing around the planet at 350 miles per hour (560 kilometers) per hour, the fresh storm is located on the upper left part of Jupiter in the Hubble views.
The storm appeared Aug. 18, a week before Hubble’s look at Jupiter. Two more storms appeared later at the same latitude.
Jupiter was positioned 406 million miles (653 million kilometers) from Earth when the Hubble Space Telescope observed the planet. Hubble, a joint project between NASA and the European Space Agency, takes pictures of the solar system’s outer planets every year to look for changes in their storms, winds, and clouds, according to NASA.
The timing of Hubble’s Aug. 25 observations was perfect to study ...

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