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August 5, 1999 12:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1999-29

Hubble Views Ancient Storm in the Atmosphere of Jupiter

Technical facts about this news release:

About this Object 
Object Name: Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Object Description: High-pressure Cyclonic Storm on Jupiter
Jupiter's Total Visual Magnitude: -2.6 magnitude (at opposition)
Distance to Jupiter: 5.2 Astronomical Units (778 million km or 483 million miles )

Diameter of Jupiter:

142,984 km or 88,789 miles (at equator)
Diameter of Great Red Spot: 24,800 km or 15,400 miles (lengthwise)
About the Data 
Instrument and
Exposure Dates:

WFPC: May 92
WFPC2: Jul 94, Aug 94, Feb 95, Oct 95, Oct 96, Apr 97, Jun 99

Filters: F410M, F439 (B), F555W (V), F673N [SII], F718, F953N [SIII]
Principal Astronomers:

A. Simon (Cornell U.), R. Beebe (NMSU), and collaborators

H. B. Hammel (Space Science Institute, MIT), R. Beebe (NMSU), J. T. Clarke (U. Michigan) , R. A. West (JPL), A. Storrs (STScI), and collaborators

H. Bond, C. Christian, J. English, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, A. Kinney, Z. Levay, K. Noll (The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))

About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: August 5, 1999 12:00pm EDT