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Wow! Stunning new images reveal Jupiter’s chaotic atmosphere

21 May 2021, 11:53 UTC
Wow! Stunning new images reveal Jupiter’s chaotic atmosphere
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With its multicolored bands of swirling clouds, Jupiter is one of the most beautiful sights in the solar system. Spacecraft – including NASA’s Juno spacecraft, currently orbiting the giant planet – have sent back jaw-dropping views of this world. This month (May 11, 2021), scientists released some stunning new images from the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope, showing Jupiter in infrared, ultraviolet and visible light. Though they were taken from Earth and Earth-orbit, they show striking detail in Jupiter’s tumultuous clouds.
Although no new peer-reviewed paper is associated with this release, the images and data are the subject of two previous papers, from 2019 and 2020. They are also featured in a new blog post at NOIRLab by Gemma Lavender.
The new research was led by Mike Wong at the University of California. Heidi Hammel at the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) described his work, saying:
What’s really cool about the work that Mike has been doing – by combining the Hubble observations with those from Gemini and the Juno spacecraft – is that it’s a really powerful example of how using different tools in our arsenal is a far more ...

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