New Jupiter image captured by Hubble Space Telescope

Melba UnderwoodApr 08, 2017

Interestingly, for the first time in a dozen years, opposition comes when Jupiter is just past aphelion (the farthest point from the sun during planet's orbit, where Jupiter was on February 16).

On the night of opposition, Jupiter will be about 4.45 astronomical units, or about 414 million miles, from Earth. Friday's opposition is prime time for seeing our solar system's biggest world sparkling in the night sky. This year, the Hubble Space Telescope was able to take a great snapshot of what the planet looks like including the colorful bands that circle the gas giant.

Famous Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is certainly excited about it! You can also see white spots speckling the planet's cloud tops.

While it'll be bright enough to see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope will certainly enhance the experience and might even provide a glimpse at Jupiter's moons. On April 8, Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth this year, and this weekend will be the best time to view the giant planet.

NASA/ESA Hubble telescope took a new image of Jupiter during its opposition on April 3, 2017. The planet's trademark, the Great Red Spot, is a long-lived storm roughly the diameter of Earth.

The gas giant will appear and disappear opposite of the sun, making it visible just after sunset in the eastern sky. The final image shows a sharp view of Jupiter and reveals a wealth of features in its dense atmosphere.

The surface of Jupiter is divided into several distinct, colourful bands, running parallel to the equator. The lighter bands have higher concentrations of frozen ammonia in them, compared with the darker ones, the agencies said. The bands are separated by winds that can reach speeds of up to 400 miles (644 kilometers) per hour.

It takes this big planetary lug - the fifth planet from the sun, filled with hydrogen and helium - about 12 Earth years to orbit the sun, according to NASA. Hubble will continue to observe Jupiter in hopes of solving this riddle. Much smaller storms appear as white or brown-colored ovals.

Thaller added that the Hubble telescope is also taking advantage of Jupiter's relatively close proximity and sending back some dramatic new images. In 2018, the Hubble will turn its focus to Saturn.

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of worldwide cooperation between ESA and NASA.

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