PIA01195: Hazes near Jupiter's Limb (60 degrees North, 315 degrees West)


Hazes near Jupiter’s Limb (60 degrees North, 315 degrees West)

Caption:

These images show the apparent edge (limb) of the planet Jupiter as seen through both the violet filter (top frame) and an infrared filter (756 nanometers, bottom frame) of the Solid State Imaging (CCD) system aboard NASA's Galileo spacecraft. North is to the top of the picture. A separate haze layer is clearly visible above the northern part of the limb.

This haze layer becomes less well defined to the south (bottom left). Such a detached haze layer has been seen previously on only one other body with a thick atmosphere: Saturn's satellite Titan. The haze layer cannot be lower in the atmosphere than a pressure of about 10 millibars (mbar), or about 40 kilometers (km) above the tropopause. (The tropopause, where the temperature stops decreasing with height, is at about 100 mbar, 20 km above the tops of the ammonia clouds.) There is some indication of streaks of slightly brighter and darker material running roughly north-south (parallel to the limb) on Jupiter's crescent.

The images, which show the limb between 60.5 degrees and 61.8 degrees North latitude (planetographic) and near 315 degrees West longitude, were obtained on December 20, 1996 Universal Time. The spacecraft was about 1,286,000 km (18.0 Jovian radii) from the limb of Jupiter and the resolution is about 13 kilometers per picture element.

Background Info:

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA manages the mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, DC.

This image and other images and data received from Galileo are posted on the World Wide Web, on the Galileo mission home page at URL http://galileo.jpl.nasa.gov. Background information and educational context for the images can be found at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/sepo .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Jupiter Saturn, Titan
System Jupiter Saturn
Target Type Planet Satellite
Mission Galileo
Instrument Host Galileo Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter Probe
Instrument Solid-State Imaging (SSI)
Detector
Extra Keywords Ammonia, Atmosphere, Grayscale, Haze, Infrared
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1998-03-06
Date in Caption 1996-12-20
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01195
Identifier PIA01195