Venerable Hubble Space Telescope Completes its Solar System Journey
At some point the James Webb Space Telescope will make the venerable old Hubble Space Telescope seem like something Galileo might use. But for now, the Hubble is the best way for us to see our planetary neighbors. And it’s seen them all. Here’s more from Astronomy Now:
The Hubble Space Telescope has completed what NASA calls its “annual grand tour of the Solar System,” capturing stunning views of the four gas giants – Jupiter on 4 September; Saturn on 12 September; Uranus on 25 October; and Neptune on 7 September. Even though passing spacecraft and orbiters have sent back close-up views of all four worlds and multiple moons during visits over the past half century, the cold atmospheres of the gas giants are always changing. Using Hubble to keep tabs on Earth’s outer Solar System neighbours provides valuable insights into the dynamic processes at work under the cloudtops that shape weather patterns and seasons.
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