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September 26, 2016 02:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2016-33

NASA's Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes Erupting on Jupiter's Moon Europa

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Europa
Object Description: Moon of Jupiter
Position (J2000): The position of Jupiter and Europa changes as they and Earth travel on their orbits through the solar system.
Distance: Europa, orbiting Jupiter, was approximately 4.3 AU (400 million miles or 640 million kilometers) from Earth at the time of these observations.
About the Data
Data Description: Data were provided by HST proposals 13438, 13620, and 13829: W. Sparks (STScI), S. Deustua (STScI), K. Hand (JPL), M. McGrath (SETI Institute), and E. Bergeron and M. Cracraft (STScI).
Instrument: STIS MAMA
Exposure Date(s): January 26, 2014
Exposure Time: 2,023 seconds
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and W. Sparks (STScI)
Release Date: September 26, 2016
Color: This image was made by HST's STIS MAMA instrument with the F25SRF2 filter (150nm UV). Color was added to the grayscale image using a blue color mapping. A separate grayscale image of Europa, produced using data from the NASA Galileo and Voyager missions, was superimposed to scale.
Orientation: Photo Composite of Suspected Water Plumes on Europa (Annotated)