Science Blast! The Glory That Is Jupiter!

Perfect to inspire writers for out upcoming Jupiter anthology!

Jupiter as seen by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope on April 3, 2017, just four days before the planet comes into “opposition” (forms a straight line with Earth and the sun). Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (GSFC)

Close-Approaching Jupiter Dazzles
in New Hubble Photo

Jupiter’s gorgeous bands and raging storms are on full display in a jaw-dropping new photo by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble snapped the photo on Monday (April 3), just four days before Jupiter comes into “opposition” — that is, forms a straight line with Earth and the sun, with Earth in the middle.

Opposition also coincides with Jupiter’s closest approach to our planet; on Friday (April 7), the gas giant will be just 415 million miles (670 million kilometers) from Earth. (However, Jupiter will actually come a smidge closer to Earth on Saturday, April 8.)

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