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June 3, 2010 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2010-16

Hubble Images Suggest Rogue Asteroid Smacked 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). On July 23, 2009 Jupiter was 381 million miles from Earth. On November 3, 2009 Jupiter was 447 million miles away from Earth.
Dimensions: The planet has a diameter of roughly 88,789 miles (142,984 km) at the equator.
About the Data
Data Description: The image was created from Hubble data 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); and proposal 11559: I. de Pater, P. Marcus, X. Asay-Davis, and M. Wong (University of California, Berkeley), and C. Go (University of San Carlos).
Instrument: WFC3/UVIS
Exposure Date(s): 2009: July 23, August 3, August 8, September 23, and November 3
Filters: FQ437N (437 nm), FQ508N (508 nm), and FQ634N (634 nm)
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Wong (University of California, Berkeley), H.B. Hammel (Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.), I. de Pater (University of California, Berkeley), and the Jupiter Impact Team
Release Date: June 3, 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:
FQ437N (437 nm) blue
FQ508N (508nm) green
FQ634N (634 nm) red