This image shows a new storm soaring on Jupiter, giving scientists a fascinating snapshot of the gas giant's ever-changing weather.
A bright, white, stretched-out storm moving at 560 km per hour (348 mph) appeared at Jupiter's mid-northern latitudes on August 18, 2020. However, now the core of this storm appears to be darkening to a reddish hue.
"This single plume erupted on August 18, 2020 - and ground-based observers have discovered two more that appeared later at the same latitude".
The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of worldwide cooperation between ESA and NASA.
Hubble's August 25 observation timing was flawless to study Jupiter's latest storm system.
Hubble also captured a new multiwavelength observation in ultraviolet/visible/near-infrared light of Jupiter, which is giving astronomers an entirely new view of the giant planet. Conversely, the blue-hued areas represent the ultraviolet light being reflected off the planet.
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"The traces behind the feathers are small, round features with complex "red, white and blue" colors in Hubble's ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared images", NASA said in a material published with the image. The wind speed inside the slick exceeds 500 km / h. The differences in the aftermaths of Jupiter and Saturn storms may be related to the contrasting water abundances in their atmospheres, since water vapor may govern the massive amount of stored-up energy that can be released by these storm eruptions.
Jupiter's Giant Red Spot - the most powerful storm in the solar system - has a younger, less noticeable white-colored cousin that may be ready to turn red for a second time. The super-storm is still shrinking, as noted in telescopic observations dating back to 1930, but its rate of shrinkage appears to have slowed.
In the past few decades, the Great Red Spot appears to be shrinking, a mystery that has been baffling scientists, but still huge; Its width is now 15,800 kilometers (9,818 miles).
In the northern side of the equator, fierce mists could demonstrate the development of another whirling storm, while down south, a seemingly perpetual tempest just underneath and about a large portion of the size of the Great Red Spot is by all accounts gradually changing shading from white to red.
The image also featured the icy Europa to the left of Jupiter. This could hint that Red Spot Jr.is on its way to reverting to a color more similar to that of its cousin. It is surrounded by orange hydrocarbon smog. The Oval BA, seen below the Giant Red Spot in the new image and often called Red Spot Jr by the scientists, also seems to have changed. Europa's global ice cube covers a buried sea that may hold the material for life. Since then, several missions have explored Jupiter and more are already in the works to study it further.
Jupiter has two more robotic missions now under development.