Friday, July 24, 2009
New Hubble image of impact site on Jupiter
This optical HST image of the impact site on Jupiter was collected by Heidi Hammel (SSI) and others using HST's Wide Field Camera 3. This camera is still new and not fully calibrated yet, since it was installed only two months ago by Shuttle astronauts. Nonetheless, it is still able to produce a magnificent image. The current estimate for the impactor diameter is about a third of a kilometer. See this press release for more details.