"Jupiter" by NASA/JPL/USGS / Public Domain

Pastel-colored Jupiter dazzles in gorgeous Hubble telescope photo

Sep 18, 2020

By Mike Wall

It’s like somebody put Jupiter under a blacklight.

A new photo by the Hubble Space Telescope shows the solar system’s largest planet in surprising pastel hues.

The image, captured on Aug. 25, combines data in ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared light to give researchers a new look at Jupiter, one that could reveal insights about the gas giant’s thick atmosphere.

“In this photo, the parts of Jupiter’s atmosphere that are at higher altitude, especially over the poles, look red as a result of atmospheric particles absorbing ultraviolet light,” Hubble team members wrote in a description of the photo, which was released on Thursday (Sept. 17). “Conversely, the blue-hued areas represent the ultraviolet light being reflected off the planet.”

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