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Scienctis Obtains what they call "Lucky" Image of Jupiter.

May 10, 2020
Jupiter Image

Astronomers have managed to produced a stunning new image of Jupiter , tracing the glowing regions of warmth that lurk beneath the gas giant's cloud tops.


Gemini North Telescope which is located Hawaii, captured the remarkable image in infrared and is one of the sharpest observations of the planet ever made from the ground.

For them to obtain this image, the scientists used a technique called "lucky imaging" which scrubs out the blurring effect of looking through Earth's turbulent atmosphere.
The technique involves acquiring multiple exposures of the target and only keeping those segments of an image where that turbulence is at a minimum.

The "lucky shots" are put together in a mosaic, resulting to a very clear image that's beyond just the single exposure.
Infrared was used because it is a longer wavelength than the visible light detected by most telescopes. It enabled the scientist to see past the haze and thin clouds at the top of Jupiter's atmosphere, to give them the opportunity to probe deeper into the planet's internal workings.

They are trying to understand better what making and sustaining the gas giant's weather systems, and in particular the great storms that can rage for decades and even centuries.

The study that produced this infrared image was led from the University of California at Berkeley. It was part of a joint programme of observations that involved Hubble and the Juno spacecraft that's currently orbiting the fifth planet from the Sun.

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