Hubble Captures Crisp New Image of Jupiter & Europa

by | Sep 18, 2020 | Daily Space, Jupiter | 0 comments

Hubble Captures Crisp New Image of Jupiter & Europa
IMAGE: This latest image of Jupiter, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope on August 25, 2020, was captured when the planet was 406 million miles from Earth. Hubble’s sharp view is giving researchers an updated weather report on the monster planet’s turbulent atmosphere, including a remarkable new storm brewing, and a cousin of the famous Great Red Spot region gearing up to change color – again. The new image also features Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. CREDIT: NASA, ESA, STScI, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center), and M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley) and the OPAL team

We all know the Hubble Space Telescope takes amazing pictures of objects outside our solar system and even the Milky Way. Today, we present one taken of objects within the solar system – Jupiter and its moon, Europa.

In this image, we can see a storm stretched out across the mid-northern latitudes. The dark clumps trailing that storm could become another Great Red Spot, but for the upper hemisphere. Speaking of the Great Red Spot, underneath it is a storm we call Red Spot, Jr. Junior had appeared to be fading in previous photos, but now it has darkened again and could be strengthening. 

And there, off to the side, is the wonderful Europa, one of my personal favorite targets for life. We’ll visit you soon, pretty one. Soon.

More Information

Hubble Europeans Space Agency Information Centre press release 

Space Telescope Science Institute press release 


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