Space Sparks Episode 17: Hubble’s eye on Jupiter

This year the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope marks its 33rd year of science operations. Hubble has revolutionised astronomy with its detailed observations of distant stars and galaxies. The telescope has given us insights into the deep Universe, from exoplanets, black holes and the Hubble Deep Fields, to the science of cosmology and the expansion of the Universe. Hubble has also been invaluable for studying objects closer to home. We have gained a new understanding of the outer Solar System planets since its launch, not least our most massive neighbour, Jupiter.

This video highlights Hubble’s contributions to the study of Jupiter, and as the space telescope enters its 34th year of science operations, the European Space Agency has this April launched a new mission to the giant planet — the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Juice.


Directed by: Bethany Downer
Editing: Nico Bartmann
Web and technical support: Enciso Systems
Written by: Owen Higgins
Music: Tonelabs – Happy Hubble (
Footage and photos: NASA, ESA, STScI, M. Kornmesser, L. L. Christensen, and N. Bartmann (ESA/Hubble), H. Hammel, F. Summers and J. DePasquale (STScI), A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center), M.H. Wong and I. dePater (University of California, Berkeley), L. Roth (Southwest Research Institute and University of Cologne, Germany), J. Saur (University of Cologne, Germany), K. Retherford (Southwest Research Institute), D. Strobel and P. Feldman (Johns Hopkins University), M. McGrath (Marshall Space Flight Center), F. Nimmo (University of California, Santa Cruz), G. Orton (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), J. Rogers (University of Cambridge), R. Beebe (New Mexico State University), J. Nichols, G. Bacon, L. Frattare, Z. Levay, Goddard Space Flight Center, the OPAL team, and ATG medialab

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Release date:20 April 2023, 16:00
Related releases:heic2304
Duration:04 m 10 s
Frame rate:25 fps

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