Release 42 of 57

Jupiter's Upper Atmospheric Winds Revealed in Ultraviolet Images by Hubble Telescope

Release date: Sep 29, 1994 12:00 AM (EDT)

These four NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of Jupiter, as seen in visible (violet) and far-ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths, show the remarkable spreading of the clouds of smoke and dust thrown into the atmosphere after the impacts of the fragments of comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9. These dark regions provide the only information ever obtained on the wind direction and speed in Jupiter's upper atmosphere.