Jovian Ring before the SL9 Impact, IRTF

Jovian Ring before SL9 Impact, IRTF

Full-Res GIF (44.31 kB)


The Jovian ring was imaged in the infrared (2.26 microns wavelength) at approximately 7:00 UT on 12 July, 1994, from NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility. This image was obtained by Philip Esterle (University of Maryland), Casey Lisse (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center), and Mark Shure (University of Hawaii). It was part of a program to monitor the effects of the dust from Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 on the Jovian ring system. The ring is visible in false color as a pair of faint lines extending outward from the (severely overexposed) disk of Jupiter.