Jupiter, enticing moon Europa star in new Hubble photo

Space Hubble Jupiter Portrait
This Aug 25, 2020 image captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the planet Jupiter and one of its moons, Europa, at left, when the planet was 406 million miles from Earth. The new photo was released by the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (NASA, ESA, STScI, A. Simon, M. via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jupiter and its moon, Europa, shine in a new photo by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble snapped the picture last month when Jupiter was 406 million miles away. The Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore released it Thursday.

Europa, which is smaller than our own moon, appears as a pale dot alongside its giant gas planet.

A bright white splotch in Jupiter’s northern latitudes indicates a new storm barreling around the planet at 350 mph.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, meanwhile, is unusually red in the photo. While gradually shrinking, the monster storm is still big enough to swallow Earth.

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