Astronomers at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii have taken detailed pictures of Jupiter using NASA's Hubble space telescope. The gas giant has revealed previously unseen details of its atmosphere. New photos were published on the official website of NOIRLab (National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory).

Jupiter captured in different wavelengths
Jupiter captured in different wavelengths | Image: NOIRLab

The photos of the gas giant were taken in the infrared, ultraviolet, and visible ranges. All three observations were made at the same time on January 11, 2017, which allowed to interactively compare cloud images. It came as a surprise to astronomers that the well-known Great Red Spot of Jupiter (a stable giant storm), which is clearly visible in ordinary and ultraviolet light, almost merges with the background in infrared.

Astronomers Record Stratospheric Winds on Jupiter for the First Time
It is impossible to measure wind speed in the stratosphere of a planet using the cloud tracking method, since there are no clouds there. However, scientists have managed to find an alternative way to do that.

According to scientists, observing Jupiter in various wavelengths helps to examine the planet's atmosphere in more detail as well as collect new information about the celestial body. Experts emphasized that triple photography is distinguished by detail. In the pictures, you can see previously unknown details.

For example, in the infrared spectrum, you could see a bright dark strip stretching over the northern hemisphere of the planet from east to west.