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Fri Jul 1, 2016, 08:20 AM

Hubble captures vivid auroras in Jupiter’s atmosphere - Beautiful!

https://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1613/
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Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System, is best known for its colourful storms, the most famous being the Great Red Spot. Now astronomers have focused on another beautiful feature of the planet, using the ultraviolet capabilities of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

The extraordinary vivid glows shown in the new observations are known as auroras [1]. They are created when high energy particles enter a planet’s atmosphere near its magnetic poles and collide with atoms of gas. As well as producing beautiful images, this programme aims to determine how various components of Jupiter’s auroras respond to different conditions in the solar wind, a stream of charged particles ejected from the Sun.

This observation programme is perfectly timed as NASA’s Juno spacecraft is currently in the solar wind near Jupiter and will enter the orbit of the planet in early July 2016. While Hubble is observing and measuring the auroras on Jupiter, Juno is measuring the properties of the solar wind itself; a perfect collaboration between a telescope and a space probe [2].

“These auroras are very dramatic and among the most active I have ever seen”, says Jonathan Nichols from the University of Leicester, UK, and principal investigator of the study. “It almost seems as if Jupiter is throwing a firework party for the imminent arrival of Juno.”

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malaise Jul 2016 OP
MagickMuffin Jul 2016 #1
malaise Jul 2016 #3
Surya Gayatri Jul 2016 #2
A HERETIC I AM Jul 2016 #4
malaise Jul 2016 #5
Hekate Jul 2016 #6

Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Jul 1, 2016, 12:42 PM

1. Paging Neil DeGrass Tyson

I'm almost certain he would have some insights into this phenomenon.

The Hubble has been an incredible piece of equipment.

thx for posting this amazing story.

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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 1, 2016, 03:12 PM

3. I'd love to hear his observations

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Jul 1, 2016, 12:55 PM

2. K & R. Thanks for posting.

 

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Jul 1, 2016, 03:42 PM

4. The Hubble Telescope continues to astound with its capabilities.

What an extraordinary device.



Link to the main NASA website for the apparatus that has many of the thousands of photos it has taken over the years;

http://hubblesite.org/


Just a couple;


Gorgeous.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 1, 2016, 03:51 PM

5. +1,000

I see the magnificent photos I curse the anti-science morons.

The mix of colors continues to fascinate me.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Jul 1, 2016, 04:53 PM

6. KnR. Someday.....

Beautiful images, Malaise.

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