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Hubble's Stunning Jupiter Maps Reveal Weird Structures

After creating 2 maps of Jupiter's dynamic atmosphere, astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope saw some interesting detail they they can't immediately explain.

Published On 10/13/2015
9:09 PM EDT
Animation of two maps of Jupiter's atmosphere observed by Hubble. One map was imaged on Jan. 19, 2015, from 2:00 UT to 12:30 UT and the second map was imaged on the same day between 15:00 UT to 23:40 UT. The creation of 2 maps allow astronomers to see the motion of gases in Jupiter's complex atmosphere. | NASA, ESA, A. Simon (GSFC), M. Wong (UC Berkeley), and G. Orton (JPL-Caltech). Animation by Ian O'Neill/Discovery News.
Animated detail of the region surrounding Jupiter's Great Red Spot, included the mystery bright filament that appears inside the cyclone. | NASA, ESA, A. Simon (GSFC), M. Wong (UC Berkeley), and G. Orton (JPL-Caltech). Edit and animation by Ian O'Neill/Discovery News