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June 16, 2010 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2010-20

Mysterious Flash on Jupiter Left No Debris Cloud

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Jupiter
Object Description: Planet
Distance: The semi-major axis of Jupiter's orbit about the Sun is 5.2 astronomical units (483 million miles or 778 million km). On June 7, 2010 Jupiter was 475 million miles from Earth.
Dimensions: The planet has a diameter of roughly 88,789 miles (142,984 km) at the equator.
About the Data
Note: The comparison data from HST WFC3 observations taken in 2009 are from proposals 12003 and 12045: H. Hammel (Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.), A. Simon-Miller (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), J. Clarke (Boston University), I. de Pater (University of California, Berkeley), K. Noll (STScI), G. Orton (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), A. Sanchez-Lavega (University of the Basque Country, Spain), and M. Wong (University of California, Berkley).
Data Description: The image was created from Hubble data from proposal 12119: A. Simon-Miller (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), H. Hammel (Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.), I. de Pater (University of California, Berkeley), L. Fletcher (University of Oxford), G. Orton (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), M. Wong (University of California, Berkley), A. Sanchez-Lavega (University of the Basque Country, Spain), J. Clarke (Boston University), and K. Noll (STScI).
Instrument: WFC3/UVIS
Exposure Date(s): June 7, 2010
Filters: F395N (395 nm), F502N (502 nm), and F631N (631 nm)
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley), H.B. Hammel (Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.), A.A. Simon-Miller (Goddard Space Flight Center), and the Jupiter Impact Science Team
Release Date: June 16, 2010
Color: The image is a composite of separate exposures made by the WFC3 instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope. Three filters were used to sample narrow wavelength ranges. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic image. In this case, the assigned colors are:
F395N (395 nm) blue
F502N (502 nm) green
F631N (631  nm) red
Orientation: Compass and Scale Image for Jupiter