Never-before-seen images of Jupiter have been revealed by NASA – Teach Me About Science

Never-before-seen images of Jupiter have been revealed by NASA – Teach Me About Science
Never-before-seen images of Jupiter have been revealed by NASA – Teach Me About Science

Space observation has always generated a lot of curiosity in us and has given us pleasant surprises. Even though the Hubble telescope is already a few years old, it continues to give us spectacular images of the celestial bodies that surround us, which contribute greatly to understanding the formation of our Solar System and the phenomena that occur on this and on each of the planets in our planetary neighborhood.

One of the most enigmatic and fascinating planets due to its size and characteristics is Jupiter, which, as we all know, is the largest planet in the Solar System. Gigantic storms have been found there, whose speed and rotation have generated much curiosity in astronomers due to its unusual behavior compared to the natural phenomena of our planet.

Today we will share with you information about the never-before-seen images of Jupiter which were captured by the Hubble telescope. If you are a lover of astronomy and the universe, we are sure that you will love it, so pay close attention and enjoy it.

What do we know about Jupiter?

According to the NASA dataJupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System, with a mass equivalent to about 2.48 times the sum of the masses of all the other planets combined. It has a very rapid rotation rate, spinning in less than ten hours on its axis. Its atmosphere is composed primarily of hydrogen and helium, and features such as swirling cloud streaks and notable storms such as the Great Red Spot, which has lasted for hundreds of years. Jupiter does not have a solid surface, but it may have a solid inner core about the size of Earth. It also has rings, although they are difficult to see. Jupiter is one of five planets visible to the naked eye from Earth and is one of the brightest objects in the night sky, after Venus and the Moon.

Jupiter under the gaze of Hubble: Colossal storms and mysteries to be solved

The Hubble Space Telescope gives us New images of Jupiterthe gas giant of our solar system. In the photographs, we can see:

-Clouds and fog stirred by strong winds: A spectacle of turbulent formations that give life to the Jovian atmosphere.

-A red spot in the southern hemisphere: It is an anticyclonic zone giganteknown as the Great Red Spot, which has been present for centuries.

Jupiter red spot, credits to NASA

-Small red spots: The product of the merger of storms between 1998 and 2000, these spots also rotate counterclockwise.

-Storms on the hidden side of Jupiter: A phenomenon that reveals the dynamics and complexity of this planet’s atmosphere.

The mysteries of Jupiter

Within this colossal planet there are several mysteries that scientists have tried to decipher, such as the origin of the red color. Although it is unknown exactly, it is believed that the chemical combination of sulfur, phosphorus or organic material could be responsible. There are also the patterns of the storms, the alternation of high and low pressure systems creates a fascinating game of rotation directions in the storms.

New images revealed of Jupiter’s atmospheric activity by the Hubble telescope, image credits to NASA

The atmospheric activity Unparalleled, large and small storms are a hallmark of Jupiter, a planet with an atmosphere in constant motion and transformation.

The magnificent Hubble telescope brings us closer to Jupiter. Hubble images allow us to observe the characteristics of this gas giant in greater detail and better understand its atmospheric dynamics.

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