Hubble Takes Close-up Portrait of Jupiter

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stsci_2017-15 April 6th, 2017

Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (GSFC)

Majestic Giant Planet is a Swirl of Colorful Clouds

Named after the Roman king of the gods, the immense planet Jupiter is undoubtedly king of the solar system. Containing more mass than all the other planets combined, Jupiter's immense gravitational field deflects wayward comets that otherwise might slam into Earth, wreaking havoc.

This dazzling Hubble Space Telescope photo of Jupiter was taken when it was comparatively close to Earth, at a distance of 415 million miles. Hubble reveals the intricate, detailed beauty of Jupiter's clouds as arranged into bands of different latitudes, known as tropical regions. These bands are produced by air flowing in different directions at various latitudes. Lighter colored areas, called zones, are high-pressure where the atmosphere rises. Darker low-pressure regions where air falls are called belts. The planet's trademark, the Great Red Spot, is a long-lived storm roughly the diameter of Earth. Much smaller storms appear as white or brown-colored ovals. Such storms can last as little as a few hours or stretch on for centuries.

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Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Jupiter
Subject - Solar System
Planet > Type > Gas Giant

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Hubble (WFC3/UVIS) Optical (Ca II) 395.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFC3/UVIS) Optical (O III) 502.0 nm
Red Hubble (WFC3/UVIS) Optical (O I) 631.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Blue
Green
Red
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ID
2017-15
Subject Category
A.1.1.2  
Subject Name
Jupiter
Credits
NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (GSFC)
Release Date
2017-04-06
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://hubblesite.org/news_release/news/2017-15
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble, Hubble, Hubble
Instrument
WFC3/UVIS, WFC3/UVIS, WFC3/UVIS
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
Ca II, O III, O I
Central Wavelength
395, 502, 631
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
STScI
URL
http://hubblesite.org
Name
Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach
Email
outreach@stsci.edu
Telephone
410-338-4444
Address
3700 San Martin Drive
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
USA
Rights
http://hubblesite.org/copyright/
Publisher
STScI
Publisher ID
stsci
Resource ID
STSCI-H-p1715a-f-1400x1400.tif
Metadata Date
2018-04-11T16:42:30-04:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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