Hubble photographs of the impact on Jupiter

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Actually, the Hubble Space Telescope in May after the repair is still controlled and calibrated, but such an impact on Jupiter rarely make them. So NASA scientists Hubble once there. It is now clear that the black spot last Sunday by an Australian amateur astronomer discovered was an impact of an object has been an asteroid or comet. The Hubble picture is shot with the newly installed Wide Field Camera 3.


The black spot on Jupiter is clearly very different from surrounding patches (click here for high resolution version).


The black spot has been somewhat stretched and stretches over thousands of miles. That is because the turbulence of Jupiter's atmosphere to get it went.

Several other telescopes are also aimed at Jupiter. If the lap Gemini North Telescope on Mauna Kea, Jupiter in infrared.


This photo, shot on Wednesday, July 22, a stain that are very similar to the impact of Shoemaker-Levy 9 in 1994.

Sources: AstroStart.nl - Home
And: StarPeople