TOP TEN SPACE PHOTOS: Most Viewed of 2008

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4. NEW JUPITER IMAGE: Sharpest View Ever From Earth

Jupiter looks sharp in the crispest whole-planet picture of the gas giant ever shot from Earth, released in October.

The picture was taken using a computer-assisted process that adjusts for distortions caused by Earth's atmosphere, allowing a ground-based telescope in Chile to snap shots rivaling those taken from space, astronomers said.

In Jupiter's case, the result shows features as small as 180 miles (300 kilometers) across.

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—Image courtesy ESO
 
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