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May 22, 2008 11:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-23

New Red Spot Appears on Jupiter

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).
Dimensions: The planet has a diameter of roughly 88,789 miles (142,984 km) at the equator.
About the Data
HST Data: The Hubble data are taken from the HST proposal 11102: I. de Pater, P. Marcus, M. Wong, and X. Asay-Davis (University of California, Berkeley), and C. Go (University of San Carlos, Philippines).
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): May 9/10, 2008
Filters: 410 nm, 502 nm, and 673 nm
About the Image
Image Credit: M. Wong and I. de Pater (University of California, Berkeley)
Release Date: May 22, 2008

These images are a composite of separate exposures made by the WFPC2 instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope. Three filters were used to sample various wavelength ranges. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic image. In this case, the assigned colors are:

410nm blue
502nm green
673nm red