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    Credit: Credit: NASA/ESA, and John Clarke (Boston University)

    Combined ultraviolet- and visible-light images of Jupiter from Hubble were taken from Feb. 17-21 in support of the New Horizons flyby of Jupiter on Feb. 28. The image segments in the boxes,obtained using Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys's ultraviolet camera, show aurorae in Jupiter's northern and southern polar regions. The equatorial regions of Jupiter in this photo were imaged in blue light on February 17, 2007 by the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. This reveals cloud features in Jupiter's main atmosphere.

  • newswise-fullscreen Hubble Monitors Jupiter in Support of the New Horizons Flyby

    Credit: Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

    Hubble took this true-color view of Jupiter in support of the New Horizons Mission. The image was taken with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on February 17, 2007, using the planetary camera detector. Jupiter's trademark belts and zones of high- and low-pressure regions appear in crisp detail. Circular convection cells can be seen at high northern and southern latitudes. Atmospheric features as small as 250 miles (400 km) across can be discerned.

  • newswise-fullscreen Hubble Monitors Jupiter in Support of the New Horizons Flyby

    Credit: Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Spencer and K. Jessup, (Southwest Research Institute), and the Space Telescope Science Institute

    Hubble is monitoring the volcanically active moon Io in support of the Feb. 28 New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Jupiter. These images were taken with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on Feb. 14, 2007. The left image, taken in natural color, reveals orange oval deposits of sulfur around the Pele volcano, and other familiar surface features on Io, which is innermost of the Galilean satellites. The ultraviolet image on the right shows a big plume rising above the surface, not far from the north pole. Though Io is no bigger than Earth's geologically dead Moon, Io's interior is kept molten due to the gravitational tug of Jupiter and the other Galilean satellites.

Newswise — NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recently taken images of Jupiter in support of the New Horizons Mission. The images were taken with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 and the Advanced Camera for Surveys. Hubble will continue to photograph Jupiter, as well as its volcanically active moon, Io, over the next month as the New Horizons spacecraft flies past Jupiter. New Horizons is en route to Pluto, and made its closest approach to Jupiter on February 28, 2007. Through combined remote imaging by Hubble and in situ measurements by New Horizons, the two missions will enhance each other scientifically, allowing scientists to learn more about the Jovian atmosphere, the aurorae, and the charged-particle environment of Jupiter and its interaction with the solar wind.

Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Clarke (Boston University), The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and J. Spencer (Southwest Research Institute)

For images and other information about Jupiter, visit:

http://hubblesite.org/news/2007/11http://www.nasa.gov/hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). The Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore conducts Hubble science operations. The Institute is operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., Washington.

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