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About this Object

Object Name:

Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Object Description:

High-pressure Cyclonic Storm on Jupiter

Jupiter's Total Visual Magnitude:

-2.6 magnitude (at opposition)

Distance to Jupiter:

5.2 Astronomical Units (778 million km or 483 million miles )

Diameter of Jupiter:

142,984 km or 88,789 miles (at equator)

Diameter of Great Red Spot::

24,800 km or 15,400 miles (lengthwise)

About the Data

Instrument and Exposure Dates:

WFPC: May 92
WFPC2: Jul 94, Aug 94, Feb 95, Oct 95, Oct 96, Apr 97, Jun 99


F410M, F439 (B), F555W (V), F673N [SII], F718, F953N [SIII]


Each three color image is chromatically ordered using subsets of the filters listed above.

Principal Astronomers:

A. Simon (Cornell U.), R. Beebe (NMSU), and collaborators.

H. B. Hammel (Space Science Institute, MIT), R. Beebe (NMSU), J. T. Clarke (U. Michigan) , R. A. West (JPL), A. Storrs (STScI), and collaborators.

H. Bond, C. Christian, J. English, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, A. Kinney, Z. Levay, K. Noll (Hubble Heritage Team).

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

August 5, 1999 12:00 noon (EDT)