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May 15, 2014 10:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-24

Hubble Shows that Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Smaller than Ever Seen Before

Technical facts about this news release:

About this 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).
Dimensions: The planet has a diameter of roughly 88,789 miles (142,984 km) at the equator.
About the Hubble Data
Data Description:

The Jupiter images are from HST proposals:

1995 Data: 5313 PI: R. Beebe (New Mexico State University), M. Belton (NOAO/AURA), C. Cunningham (Institute for Space and Terrestrial Science), P. Gierasch (Cornell University), A. Ingersoll (Caltech), G. Orton (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), J. Pollack (NASA Ames Research Center), and K. Rages (SETI Institute)

2009 Data: 12045 PI: H. Hammel (Space Science Institute), A. Simon (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center), T. Clarke (Boston University), I. de Pater (University of California, Berkeley), K. Noll (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center), G. Orton (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), A. Sanchez-Lavega (Universidad del País Vasco), and M. Wong (University of California, Berkeley)

2014 Data: 13631 PI: A. Simon (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), G. Orton (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), J. Rogers (University of Cambridge, UK), and M. Wong and I. de Pater (University of California, Berkeley)

Exposure Dates: 1995 2009 2014
Instruments: WFPC2 WFC3/UVIS WFC3/UVIS
Filters: 410nm, 555nm, 673nm 437nm, 508nm, 634nm 395nm, 502nm, 631nm
About this Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)
Release Date: May 15, 2014
Orientation/Scale: Compass and Scale Image for Jupiter Great Red Spot