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IRTF Image of Jupiter's Ring


The Jovian ring was imaged at 2.26+/-0.03 microns at approximately 7:00 UT on 12 July, 1994, from NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility. The image was coadded from three 30-second exposures with sky subtracted. The resolution was 0.31 arcseconds per pixel. A S/N ~5 per pixel was obtained for the coadded images. Photometry on the ring image is pending.

This is part of a program to monitor the effects of the dust from Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 on the Jovian ring system. More images will be taken during and after the impacts of the fragments.

The image was obtained by Philip Esterle (University of Maryland), Casey Lisse (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center), and Mark Shure (University of Hawaii).

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