Astronomy Department Research Project
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)
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.