Jupiter Images

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Pioneer image, 1973. Crude by later standards, but our first close-ups of Jupiter.
Voyager image with earth for scale.

Impact of Schumacher-Levy 9

Galileo, closing in on Jupiter, was in a position to image the impacts directly, though from a great distance.
In a wavelength of infrared strongly absorbed by methane, Jupiter appears dark. A fresh impact has just rotated into view. Hot material high in Jupiter's atmosphere emits copious infrared that swamps the detector.
Another impact later in the series. Previous impacts show as a string of glowing dots in infrared.

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Created 6 April 1999, Last Update 14 December 2009

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