The Hubble Telescope has helped scientists for three decades by producing breathtaking images of stars, planets and galaxies.
The Hubble Telescope has helped scientists for three decades by producing breathtaking images of stars, planets and galaxies.
PHOTO: NASA
Now playing
00:54
NASA's camera: The Hubble Telescope
Staffer White House move out
Staffer White House move out
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
01:36
Moving trucks spotted at White House as staffers clean out their desks
southern california january strong winds low humidity fire conditions weather santa ana winds_00000000.png
southern california january strong winds low humidity fire conditions weather santa ana winds_00000000.png
Now playing
01:19
Fire weather prevalent across Southern California
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
02:34
Blizzard, rain, and snow to hinder Central and Eastern US weekend weather
PHOTO: POOL
Now playing
00:48
Pence makes surprise visit to Capitol to thank National Guard
FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a virtual news conference at the Department of Justice on October 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.
FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a virtual news conference at the Department of Justice on October 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.
PHOTO: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images
Now playing
03:47
FBI director speaks publicly for first time since Capitol riots
PHOTO: From Public Report / Jeremy Lee Quinn
Now playing
01:39
Video from inside Capitol raises questions for investigators
A man receives a dose of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a vaccination site at South Bronx Educational Campus, in the Bronx New York on January 10, 2021. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)
A man receives a dose of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a vaccination site at South Bronx Educational Campus, in the Bronx New York on January 10, 2021. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images
Now playing
02:25
Coronavirus cases surge as states struggle to vaccinate
CNN
CNN's Salma Abdelaziz reports from inside the first hotel in the country to have been converted into a overflow hospital to treat patients.
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
03:21
See inside the first UK hotel converted into a Covid-19 ward
House impeachment 217
House impeachment 217
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
02:08
See historic moment House reaches enough votes to impeach Trump
PHOTO: Pool
Now playing
01:25
Pelosi speaks for first time following Trump's historic 2nd impeachment
Trump new video
Trump new video
PHOTO: White House Photo
Now playing
07:36
Trump releases video condemning violence after second impeachment
PHOTO: pool
Now playing
03:27
House GOP leader: The President bears responsibility for attack
Now playing
02:06
Ex-FBI director on what investigators are looking for after Capitol riot
Capitol Hill National Guard security resting protection Bash vpx_00004417.png
Capitol Hill National Guard security resting protection Bash vpx_00004417.png
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
00:57
'Nothing like I've seen:' Bash reacts to video of resting troops in Capitol
PHOTO: House TV
Now playing
03:04
Hear Pelosi's remarks during impeachment debate
Nation Guard Guns Capitol 0113
Nation Guard Guns Capitol 0113
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
02:43
What the Capitol looks like ahead of impeachment vote
(CNN) —  

Each year, the Hubble Space Telescope spends some time looking at the outer planets of our solar system. In late June, during one of these observation periods, Hubble took a stunning detailed portrait of Jupiter.

Hubble participates in the Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy program, and these images of the outer planets help scientists study the giant planets and their atmospheres. In turn, this enables them to learn more about Earth’s atmosphere as well as those that may exist on exoplanets, those outside our solar system.

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals the intricate, detailed beauty of Jupiter
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals the intricate, detailed beauty of Jupiter's clouds.
PHOTO: A. Simon/ M.H. Wong/ESA/Hubble/NASA

Vivid colors and swirling clouds are highlighted in the new Jupiter image, as well as a closeup look at its atmosphere. The planet’s Great Red Spot stands out. Bands of clouds can be seen moving toward the circular storm that matches Earth’s diameter, according to the Hubble site.

The Great Red Spot storm, which has lasted 150 years that we know of, is continuing to shrink – but astronomers don’t know why. Hubble will continue observations of Jupiter to gain insight into the storm.

The storm itself is structured like a wedding cake, with an upper layer extending more than 3 miles higher than surrounding clouds, according to NASA.

Other storms much smaller in size dot the surface, represented by brown or white ovals. They can last hours or centuries.

Below the Great Red Spot is a shape similar to a worm, but it’s really a cyclone spinning in the opposite direction of the storm above it.

A closer look at Jupiter
A closer look at Jupiter's clouds and atmosphere.
PHOTO: A. Simon/M.H. Wong/ESA/Hubble/NASA

Parallel cloud bands also stand out. They are created by ammonia ice clouds that vary in height and thickness, with air flowing in different directions, depending on their latitudes. The lighter bands rise the highest, while thicker clouds represent the darker ribbons in the band.

The rapid winds separating these clouds can reach 403 miles per hour.