The Hubble Space Telescope reveals dramatic changes in the atmosphere of planets


NASA and the European Space Agency continue to release new images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, including unprecedented images of gas giants in the solar system, and new images of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune show drastic changes in the atmospheres of the planets. British, Hubble looks at Jupiter’s changing atmosphere, along with seasonal storms on Saturn and Uranus, there is also a dark spot on Neptune that appears and disappears. “Hubble’s high-resolution observation of these giant planets continues to give astronomers insights into an ever-changing landscape of weather on other worlds,” NASA wrote in a statement.

The images were taken as part of the Outer Planets Legacy Program (OPAL) and were taken in September and October, and the September 4 image saw the emergence of new storms on Jupiter, which are known as cyclonic whirlpools, which can drastically change in appearance. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight: “Every time we get new data, the image quality and the detail in the cloud features always amazes me.” Simon added, “It amazes me when I look at Jupiter, and you can see the cloud structures that are obviously much deeper… We see a lot of the structure here and a contrast in the vertical depth.”

The image of Saturn on September 12 shows rapid and extreme changes in color in the planet’s northern hemisphere, a region where it is autumn and really highlights Hubble’s capabilities. “With Hubble’s high resolution, we can narrow things down to the scale that is really changing,” said Michael Wong of the University of California, Berkeley. A picture of Uranus taken on October 25 shows the north polar cover of the planet, where the spring season, and experts are looking at how the polar cover changes from methane in the atmosphere of the planet, noting that with the increase in the brightness of the cover, the southern border remains at the same latitude. The image of Neptune on September 7 shows that the planet’s dark spot is still visible, despite the fact that it has reversed course and is moving toward the equator.

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