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Gemini Observatory

Comparison of Europa Observed with Gemini Planet Imager in K1 Band

Caption: This is a comparison of Europa observed with Gemini Planet Imager in K1 band on the right and visible albedo visualization based on a composite map made from Galileo SSI and Voyager 1 and 2 data (from USGS) on the left. While GPI is not designed for 'extended' objects like this, its observations could help in following surface alterations on icy satellites of Jupiter or atmospheric phenomena (e.g. clouds, haze) on Saturn's moon Titan. The GPI near-infrared color image is a combination of 3 wavelength channels.

Credit: Processing by Marshall Perrin, Space Telescope Science Institute and Franck Marchis SETI Institute

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