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In Pictures: New views of Jupiter

The four Galilean satellites   Image: Nasa/JHUAPL/SWRI

The New Horizons spacecraft has returned stunning new images of Jupiter and its moons. This montage shows the four Galilean satellites: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

Little Red Spot   Image: Nasa/JHUAPL/SWRI

The Little Red Spot is a storm the size of Earth swirling in Jupiter's atmosphere. Scientist Hal Weaver said the image resembled the painting Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.

Io   Image: Nasa/JHUAPL/SWRI

The Tvashtar volcano, near the north pole of the moon Io, was erupting during the Jupiter encounter. The dust plume forced out by the eruption rose 330km above Io's surface.

Europa peeks above Jupiter  Image: Nasa/JHUAPL/SWRI

The icy moon Europa rises above Jupiter's cloud tops in this image taken on 28 February. Europa is thought to harbour a liquid water ocean beneath an outer shell of ice.

Io and Europa  Image: Nasa/JHUAPL/SWRI

The fiery moon Io (l) and frigid Europa (r) make an odd couple as they meet over Jupiter. The blue semi-circle over Io is the plume from the erupting Tvashtar volcano.

Jupiter's rings   Image: Nasa/JHUAPL/SWRI

The top picture, taken on approach to Jupiter, shows three lanes of rocky material in the planet's rings. The bottom image was taken as the probe looked back after passing Jupiter.

Jupiter's atmosphere   Image: Nasa/JHUAPL/SWRI

Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere appears here at infrared wavelengths. The large round feature is a huge storm known as the Great Red Spot - "big brother" to the Little Red Spot.

Jupiter and moons  Image: Nasa/JHUAPL/SWRI

A shadow is cast on Jupiter by its largest moon Ganymede (top right). Below it is the planet's fiery moon Io, the most geologically active object in the Solar System.

Views of Ganymede  Image: Nasa/JHUAPL/SWRI

Jupiter's moon Ganymede appears at infrared wavelengths (l) which show up its surface composition and in a greyscale image (c). The image on the right is a combination of the two.




SEE ALSO
Spacecraft returns Jupiter images
02 May 07 |  Science/Nature

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