Hubble photos of the largest planets in our solar system
The Hubble Telescope may be considered obsolete after the successful launch of the James Webb Telescope, but the aging telescope still captures beautiful images of our universe.
In 2021, Hubble gave us plenty of insights into the inner workings of the universe – including galaxies, planets, and stars.. The telescope, launched in 1990, also clicked on fascinating images of giants in our solar system – Uranus, Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn.
What are giant planets?
The giant planets in our solar system are the furthest from the Sun and made up of materials like gases or ice as opposed to rocks..
While Jupiter and Saturn are often referred to as gas giants, Uranus and Neptune are commonly referred to as ice giants. This nomenclature is increasingly considered obsolete, because the four giant planets of our solar system are made up of fluids that exist above critical points, that is, there are no gaseous phases. and distinct liquid on these planets.
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Jupiter and Saturn are mostly made up of hydrogen and helium and Uranus and Neptune are mostly made up of water, ammonia and methane.
The images clicked by Hubble offer a breathtaking glimpse into the giants of our solar system located in the outer part of our solar system, far beyond Mars and the asteroid belt.
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These planets are extremely far from the Sun. For perspective, Jupiter completes one orbit around the Sun in 12 years. For Saturn, it takes 30 years to complete a circle around the Sun. Uranus and Neptune take forever, with an orbit duration of 84 years, and these planets are extremely far from the Sun. For perspective, Jupiter completes an orb of 65 years respectively. One year on Neptune is twice the life expectancy of a human being.
With the recently launched James Webb Telescope, we can get better images of our cosmos, including the four giants of our solar system. Observations of space giants are conducted annually as part of the OPAL (Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy) program.
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