Huge storm on Saturn observed by ESO's Very Large Telescope

Thermal infrared images of Saturn from the VISIR instrument on ESO’s VLT (centre and right) and an amateur visible-light image (left) from Trevor Barry (Broken Hill, Australia) obtained on 19 January 2011 during the mature phase of the northern storm. The second image is taken at a wavelength that reveals the structures in Saturn’s lower atmosphere, showing the churning storm clouds and the central cooler vortex. The third image is sensitive to much higher altitudes in Saturn’s normally peaceful stratosphere, where we see the unexpected beacons of infrared emission flanking the central cool region over the storm.

Предоставлено:

ESO/University of Oxford/L. N. Fletcher/T. Barry

Об изображении

ID:eso1116a
Тип:Наблюдение
Дата выпуска релиза [date]:19 мая 2011 г. 20:00
Связанные релизы:eso1116
Размер:1198 x 774 px

Об объекте

Название:Saturn
Тип:Solar System : Planet : Type : Gas Giant
Solar System : Planet : Feature : Atmosphere : Storm
Категория:Solar System

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Цвета и фильтры

ДиапазонДлина волныТелескоп
Инфракрасный
Mid-IR
18 μmVery Large Telescope
VISIR
Инфракрасный
Mid-IR
8.6 μmVery Large Telescope
VISIR