NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope offers epic new views of gas giant planets

Hubble images of the exoplanets in 2021 show changes in the atmospheres of Jupiter (left), Saturn (top right), Uranus (center), and Neptune (bottom right).

Science: NASA, ESA, Amy Simon (NASA GSFC), Michael H. Wong (UC Berkeley). Image processing: Joseph DePasquale (STScI)

Our solar system definitely contains some beautiful planets. On Thursday, NASA and the European Space Agency released a new look at Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope.

All four planets are gas giants, which makes them very different from Earth or Mars, they are rocky. As NASA poetically said in a statement on the Hubble imagesStretching from 500 million to 3 billion miles from the sun, these monsters are as distant as they are mysterious, dwelling so far from the sun that water instantly freezes into solid ice.

Hubble, a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency, monitors the exoplanets annually so that scientists can track changes in the weather and atmosphere over time. The images are part of the Outer Planets Legacy Program (OPAL) and were taken in September and October.

On Jupiter on September 4, the telescope observed new storms. “Every time we get new data, the image quality and the detail in the cloud features always fascinates me,” Amy Simon said From Goddard Space Flight Center.

A view of Saturn on September 7 showed color changes associated with seasonal changes. Hubble’s sharp eye allows researchers to contact any bands on the mapped planet that change colors.

The planet Uranus appears in a bright white polar region in the Hubble Telescope image on October 25. “Researchers are studying how bright polar cover is caused by changes in atmospheric methane concentration and characteristics of fog particles, as well as atmospheric flow patterns,” NASA said.

Neptune looks like a blue marble in telescope view on September 7. It’s rocking some interesting dark spots, one of which was moving. NASA said the planet is very similar to what it was in 1989 when the Voyager 2 mission took a look.

Hubble has spent more than three decades unraveling the secrets of space. The The telescope team is currently working through a technical glitch, but one of its main scientific tools is at work during troubleshooting. If all goes well, we can expect Hubble to present another round of images of the planets in 2022.

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