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September 29, 1994 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1994-44

Jupiter's Upper Atmospheric Winds Revealed in Ultraviolet Images by Hubble Telescope

September 29, 1994: These four NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of Jupiter, as seen in visible (violet) and far-ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths, show the remarkable spreading of the clouds of smoke and dust thrown into the atmosphere after the impacts of the fragments of comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9. These dark regions provide the only information ever obtained on the wind direction and speed in Jupiter's upper atmosphere.

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Credit: J.T. Clarke, G.E. Ballester (University of Michigan), and J.T. Trauger (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), and NASA