Hubble Captures Vivid Auroras in Jupiter’s Atmosphere
This Monday – July 4th 2016 – NASA”s Juno Spacecraft will reach it’s destination. It will orbit just 5,ooo km above Jupiter’s atmosphere. We will be treated to some amazing images, in the mean time check out this beautiful shot by way of the Hubble Telescope.
Astronomers are using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study auroras — stunning light shows in a planet’s atmosphere — on the poles of the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter. This observation program is supported by measurements made by NASA’s Juno spacecraft, currently on its way to Jupiter.
Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is best known for its colorful storms, the most famous being the Great Red Spot. Now astronomers have focused on another beautiful feature of the planet, using Hubble’s ultraviolet capabilities.