NASA’s latest round of captures using the Hubble telescope revealed many new whereabouts of the biggest planet on our solar system, the gas giant Jupiter and its moons.
The latest round of images taken on 25 August 2020, was captured when Jupiter was 653 million kilometers away from Earth, enabling researchers to identify and analyze some of the plant’s most iconic features like the great red spot, a new storm among others.
One of the newest detail this year’s Hubble snapshot captured was a new storm, white and stretched-out in Jupiter’s mid-northern latitudes, which is said to be moving at 560 kilometers per hour. It started on August 18th of this year and has been continuing ever since.
The legendary Great Red Spot of the Southern hemisphere seems to have a rival brewing up in the planet’s northern hemisphere, researchers say about the new storm.
According to NASA, while it is common for new storms to plume up in the plant’s southern region, the particular storm is being said to have ‘structures behind it than observed in previous storms.’
Some dark small clumps are trailing behind the new storm, which the researchers say has not been witnessed before and this is leading NASA to believe one day it will be the rival of the legendary Great Red spot.
Speaking about the Great Red Spot, it is rolling counterclockwise in is still bright and red. Just so you know, the Red Spot is monstrous, and now measures 15,800 kilometers across, big enough to gulp in our Earth.
As per telescoping records from the 1930s, the red giant storm is still shrinking which the researchers say appears to have slowed in the new update. Ask why? It still remains a complete mystery.
The stunning image also captured one of Jupiter’s most famous moons, the Europa, named after a Greek mythological character of the same name.
For the uninitiated, Jupiter’s moon Europa is already famous for being in the prime list of habitable zones outside the Earth, thanks to the possibilities for moon harboring liquid ocean beneath its icy crust.
In fact, the Hubble Space Telescope, in 2013 discovered water vapor erupting from beneath the frigid crusts of Europa, from more than one plumes in the moon’s south pole.
NASA says the JUpiter ICy moons Explorer mission which is planned to launch in 2022 will explore the giant planet along with its three moons – Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa.
Other changes noted in the new image, including a new one for multiwavelength observation found the ever-changing cloud patterns that give the signature marble-like effect of the gas giant.