Unprecedented Portrait Of Jupiter In Infrared Shows The Great Red Spot Is Full Of Holes

There are some new photos of Jupiter are showing its turbulent weather in infrared. In order to get these sharp images, a team of experts from NASA and the University of California, Berkeley combined data from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Juno probe that orbits Jupiter, and the Gemini Observatory on Earth, according to Business Insider.

The team released the images alongside a research paper in The Astrophysical Journal on Thursday.

Holes in the cloud cover of Jupiter 

Along with a new mapping of Jupiter’s lightning, these images are revealing the fact that the dark patches in the planet’s Great Red Spot are holes in the cloud cover and not some other types of clouds.

“It’s kind of like a jack-o-lantern,” Michael Wong, a planetary scientist at UC Berkeley, stated not too long ago in a press release.

He continued and said that “You see bright infrared light coming from cloud-free areas, but where there are clouds, it’s really dark in the infrared.”

It’s been also revealed that by analyzing Jupiter’s systems with various telescopes and spacecraft, experts will be able to places the pieces of a puzzle together and unveil the mysteries of the planet’s atmosphere and the history of its forming as well.

An unprecedented portrait of Jupiter is revealed 

“Because we now routinely have these high-resolution views from a couple of different observatories and wavelengths, we are learning so much more about Jupiter’s weather,” Amy Simon, a planetary scientist for NASA, stated.

She continued and explained that “This is our equivalent of a weather satellite. We can finally start looking at weather cycles.”

The online publication mentioned above revealed that in order to create these images, experts used a technique that’s called “lucky imaging.”

By stitching the image together, experts were able to get an unprecedented portrait of Jupiter.

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