Scientists Obtain Some Of The Highest Resolution Images Of Jupiter

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Scientists Obtain Some Of The Highest Resolution Images Of Jupiter

With a telescope in Hawaii, detailed pictures of the planet glowing through clouds were taken.

An exceptional new image of Jupiter has been produced by Astronomers. In this remarkable new image, beneath the gas giant’s cloud tops, glowing regions of warmth have been traced.

Gemini North Telescope in Hawaii captured the picture. This picture was captured in infrared and is one of the sharpest observations of the planet ever made from the ground.

In order to have this resolution a technique called “Lucky imaging” has been used by scientists. This technique cleans out the blurring effect of the planet when looking through Earth’s turbulent atmosphere.

Michael Wong of the University of California, Berkeley, who led the research team said, “The Gemini data were critical because they allowed us to probe deeply into Jupiter’s clouds on a daily schedule.”

He further said that they have made use of a really powerful technique known as lucky imaging.
Multiple exposures were involved in the target keeping only those image segments where the minimum turbulence is seen.

A clear image emerges after putting all the “lucky shots” which are in mosaic. This image clarity is beyond single exposure. In lucky imaging, only those photos are kept which are the sharpest.

Scientists Obtain Some Of The Highest Resolution Images Of Jupiter

Infrared has a longer wavelength than the more familiar visible light detected by the likes of the Hubble telescope. Infrared is used to see behind the haze and thin clouds at the top of Jupiter’s atmosphere which has given the scientists an opportunity to investigate deeper into the planet’s internal workings.

Wong, an associate researcher at UC Berkeley’s Center for Integrative Planetary Science said, “We want to know how Jupiter’s atmosphere works.”

Researchers wanted to learn the reason in a better way behind the making and sustaining of the gas giant’s weather systems and particularly the reason behind the great storms that can rage for decades and even for centuries.

University of California at Berkeley has done the study behind producing this infrared image. It was a part of a joint programme of observations that involved Hubble and therefore the Juno spacecraft that’s currently orbiting the fifth planet from the Sun.

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