Hubble Images Reveal Jupiter's Auroras
March 19, 2003
These images, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, reveal changes in Jupiter's auroral emissions and how small auroral spots just outside the emission rings are linked to the planet's volcanic moon, Io. The images represent the most sensitive and sharply-detailed views ever taken of Jovian auroras. The top panel pinpoints the effects of emissions from Io, which is about the size of Earth's moon. The black-and-white image on the left, taken in visible light, shows how Io and Jupiter are linked by an invisible electrical current of charged particles called a 'flux tube.'
Topics: Environment, Technology Internet, Space exploration, Planetary science, Moons of Jupiter, Magnetosphere of Jupiter, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, Hubble Space Telescope, Jupiter, Io, Aurora