With New Horizons' mesmerizing images from Pluto popping up every week, that gorilla-sized gas giant called Jupiter has been somewhat ignored. Well, greatness deserves to be recognized, and so behold this jaw-dropping new Jupiter video from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to temporarily even up the attention, revealing nuances of planetary behavior not seen since the Voyager 2 mission back in 1979.
These two new maps were captured by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, then processed and analyzed by planetary scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. The maps display back-to-back rotations of the planet and an absorbing variety of features like baroclinic waves at the equator, cyclones, anticyclones, wind-blown filamentary streamers and alterations of the shape of its Great Red Spot.
Turn your gaze away from that distant icy dwarf world and witness the immensity of our solar system's mightiest planet in this striking 4K animation.