This new Hubble Space Telescope view of Jupiter, taken on June 27, 2019, reveals the giant planet’s trademark Great Red Spot, and a more intense color palette in the clouds swirling in Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere than seen in previous years. The colors and their changes provide important clues to the origins of Jupiter’s weather. NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center) and M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley)
There’s nothing like a Hubble photo of Jupiter. This sweet image was made on June 27 and features the planet’s turbulent pastel cloud belts and iconic Great Red Spot (GRS). The bands or belts are created by differences in the thickness and height of Jupiter’s ammonia ice clouds. The flow in opposite directions at various latitudes, a result of different atmospheric pressures. Lighter bands rise higher and have thicker clouds than the darker bands — together they alternate like the tooth-and-gap profile of a gear.
Watch a full rotation of Jupiter in Hubble images
One of the most striking features this year are the parallel, ruddy-brown cloud stripes moving toward the GRS. Among the most striking features in the image are the rich colors of the clouds moving toward the Great ...