Astronomy Department Research Project


OPAL

Project Type

Planetary


Affiliated Faculty:

Researchers:

Postdocs:

    Additional Members:

    Joshua Tollefson (Graduate Student in EPS)
    Philip Marcus (Professor in Mechanical Engineering)
    Amy Simon (OPAL PI, Scientist at NASA Goddard)
    Glenn Orton (JPL)

    Project Description

    Mike Wong is the OPAL lead at UC Berkeley.

    OPAL---the Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy program---maps each planet for two consecutive rotations, every year, using the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) on Hubble.

    The main goal of OPAL is to observe each of the giant planets for long-duration time-domain studies of storm activity, wind field variability, and changes in aerosol distributions and colors. The data are being used with older Hubble and other spacecraft data sets to expand the time domain even further.



    Project Photos

    • Image for OPAL
    • Global map and jet speeds (yellow) of Jupiter, from OPAL 2016 data. Speeds range from -50 m/s to +150 m/s. From a paper in preparation by Josh Tollefson.

      Global map and jet speeds (yellow) of Jupiter, from OPAL 2016 data. Speeds range from -50 m/s to +150 m/s. From a paper in preparation by Josh Tollefson.

    • OPAL 2015 Neptune data showing the discovery of a new dark vortex. Data from a paper in preparation by Mike Wong.

      OPAL 2015 Neptune data showing the discovery of a new dark vortex. Data from a paper in preparation by Mike Wong.



    Project Videos

    Hubble Captures New Maps of Jupiter