NASA captured new Jupiter images after using its Hubble Space Telescope. The massive device managed to photograph the storms and its amazing bands. The new photo was captured by Hubble on Monday, April 3rd. At four days after this, Jupiter would come into opposition, forming a straight line with the sun and our planet, Earth being in the middle.
The Hubble Space Telescope captured amazing Jupiter images
On April 7, Jupiter will be situated at its closest point towards our planet, being at only 415 million miles from Terra. Nevertheless, scientists claim that on Saturday, April 8, Jupiter will come even closer to our planet. When this planet is situated at the farthest point from Earth, the distance between them measures 601 million miles.
To take this picture, the Hubble Space Station used its Wide Field Camera 3 tool which can capture details as close as 80 miles, across the atmosphere of Jupiter. In this new image, the colorful bands of this gas giant are visible. On April 6, NASA officials stated that these colorful, amazing bands which display alternative wind motions are determined by the differences which occur in the height and thickness of the ammonia ice clouds.
The picture reveals in great detail the colorful bands and heavy storms
Usually, the lighter bands tend to raise higher, having thicker clouds in comparison to darker bands. These bands are detached by powerful winds which can increase their speed up to 400 miles per hour. The famous Jupiter images also reveal the famous Great Red Spot. Officials from NASA argued that Jupiter is larger than our planet, but, however, as time passes by, the planet started shrinking since the 19th century. This is a mystery for all astronomers.
Once every 13 months, Jupiter comes in opposition. This means that the next time Jupiter will be again as close to Eath as it is now, it will be in May 2018. The new NASA observations regarding the recently collected data were taken at about the same time when the Juno spaceship sent by NASA to orbit around Jupiter reached the closest point to the gas giant.
Scientists claim that this could not be considered a coincidence. Astronomers are eager to analyze that the data collected by the two spaceships which were sent to observe Jupiter and compare them. Hubble is one of the most primitive telescopes which still performance a flawless job, and it was launched on April 24, 1990.
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