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July 17, 2008 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-27

Three Red Spots Mix it Up 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 11498: A. Simon-Miller (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), N. Chanover (New Mexico State University), and G. Orton (Jet Propulsion Laboratory).
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): 2008: May 15, June 28, and July 8
Filters: 410 nm, 502 nm, and 673 nm
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon-Miller (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
Release Date: July 17, 2008
Colors: 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:
410 nm blue
502 nm green
673 nm red
Orientation/Scale: Jupiters Red Spots June 28, 2008 (Annotated)