Jupiter’s Great Red Spot turns blue in new ultraviolet view from Hubble Telescope (photo)

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope reveals an ultraviolet view of Jupiter. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Wong (University of California – Berkeley); Processing: Gladys Kober (NASA/Catholic University of America))

Viewing Jupiter in ultraviolet light really brings out the planet’s storms.

The Hubble Space Telescope recently snapped an ultraviolet image of the gas giant, offering a stunning false-color look at the planet’s turbulent atmosphere. Prominent in the image is Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. It is especially visible in this picture because haze particles high in Jupiter’s atmosphere — which are particularly concentrated above the giant, centuries-old storm — are very good at absorbing ultraviolet light.


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