Jupiter’s North Pole First Ever Image Captured By Juno

Posted: Sep 3 2016, 4:16am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 3 2016, 4:30am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Jupiter’s North Pole First Ever Image Captured by Juno
NASA's Juno spacecraft captured this view as it closed in on Jupiter's north pole, about two hours before closest approach on Aug. 27, 2016. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS
  • Juno Spacecraft sends back Quality Photographs of Jupiter’s Northern and Southern Poles

The Juno spacecraft sent back quality photographs to earth of Jupiter’s northern and southern poles.

NASA has made public several photographs taken of Jupiter by its Juno probe. These pics show the rotating clouds of the gaseous giant at its poles.

These are details that no erstwhile mission managed to capture in photographic form. Juno caught the details over the last weekend.

It had gone into orbit around Jupiter in July and now it has approached the planet in a close-up manner. The spacecraft went down to a height of 4200 km upon Jupiter’s technicolored climate. 

The data that was sent to earth is a 6MB downlink that is still undergoing analysis. Several novel features has been brought to light by the data. The north pole was one area that was in relief.

It did not appear like it had used to before. The region was more bluish in color and there are quite a few storms raging in the loci surrounding it. The sort of latitudinal bands and zones and belts were virtually non-existent. In fact, the image that reached the earth didn’t even look like Jupiter at all. 

The clouds on Jupiter also cast shadows meaning thereby that they were at an upper altitude than was previously supposed. When the NASA staff saw the pics for the first time, they were surprised.

It was like nothing they had been expecting. The reaction was one of amazement and amusement. The very scenes were just mind-blowing. Way back when the Juno probe arrived close to Jupiter in July, its implements and cameras were turned off.

There were other things to worry about back then and taking pictures was the last thing on anybody’s mind. After the necessary series of actions had taken place, finally the probe began snapping pics of Jupiter. 

A steady view of Jupiter provided tons of data for us earthlings to gaze at in wonderment and shock. The JRAM facility on board the probe took views of Jupiter’s southern aurora.

The telescopes extant on our planet have failed to capture this phenomenon. The storm of particles passing through Jupiter’s atmosphere have also been observed by a component of the Juno probe.

The goal of the Juno probe is to unravel the secrets of the solar system by studying its biggest planet. The probe will discover many new things about Jupiter. Also whether the planet has a solid core or not will become common knowledge thanks to the Juno probe. 

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