New images of Jupiter show new storm moving at 350 mph

Hubble's Jovian Weather Report-

Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope captured a close up image of the new storm when it was taking a shot of Jupiter and its icy moon Europa.

"Jupiter's moon Europa, slightly smaller than Earth's Moon, may host a liquid water ocean under its frozen shell, making it a tantalising place to search for signs of life".

This Aug 25, 2020 image captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the planet Jupiter and one of its moons, Europa, at left, when the planet was 406 million miles from Earth. M.H. Wong, University of California, Berkeley / OPAL Team. It is going at around 560 kilometers for each hour (350 miles for every hour), followed by a tuft.

While it's common for storms to pop up in this region, often several at once, this particular disturbance appears to have more structure behind it than observed in previous storms.

Hubble shows that the Great Red Spot, rolling counterclockwise in the planet's southern hemisphere, is ploughing into the clouds ahead of it, forming a cascade of white and beige ribbons, while its current exceptionally rich red colour, with its core and outermost band, is appearing deeper red.

Beneath the storm is Jupiter's Great Red Spot - a huge storm system which measures about 9,800 miles across and has been raging since at least 1655, when it was first discovered by astronomer Robert Hooke. The Great Red Spot is now an exceptionally rich red color, with its core and outermost band appearing deeper red.

Hubble's Jovian Weather Report-

The Great Red Spot is Jupiter's most famous storm, and is the most striking feature of this new image.

In August, NASA also shared stunning images of Jupiter captured by the Juno spacecraft, with the infrared image showing the planet's north pole looking rather like a massive pool of lava. This complements Hubble's visible-light picture that shows the ever-changing cloud patterns. Conversely, the blue-hued areas represent the ultraviolet light being reflected off the planet. This single plume erupted on 18 August 2020 and another has since appeared. This provides researchers with more evidence that this storm may last longer on Jupiter than most storms. Researchers imagine that it may be an early extensive storm, like the Great Red Spot and Oval BA in the south. However, now the core of this storm appears to be darkening to a reddish hue.

NASA said, "This could imply that Red Spot switching back to a color more similar to his cousin".

And finally, the team notes that Jupiter's higher altitude clouds, which appear white, seem to be clearing away a bit more lately. In the event that that is insufficient, off to one side we likewise have a photobomb from ice moon Europa, one of the objectives of our quest for extraterrestrial life.

Hubble focused on Jupiter on August 25 and took two images, one using visible wavelengths of light to create a classical look at Jupiter, and another which combined various wavelengths, including ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared.



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