NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Reveals Swirling Clouds In Jupiter’s Atmosphere

Posted: Jan 5 2018, 8:38am CST | by , Updated: Jan 5 2018, 8:42am CST, in News | Latest Science News

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Reveals Swirling Clouds in Jupiter’s Atmosphere
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Juno spacecraft captures a stunning view of the Jupiter's tumultuous atmosphere

At first glance, it may look like a piece of abstract art. But it is actually a view of Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere from high above the clouds. The stunning, color-enhanced image reveals colorful, swirling gases in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere.

“Jupiter completely fills the image, with only a hint of the terminator (where daylight fades to night) in the upper right corner, and no visible limb (the curved edge of the planet).”

The image was taken on December 16, 2017 by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. At the time the image was captured, the spacecraft was 8,292 miles (13,345 kilometers) above the tops of Jupiter's clouds, at a latitude of 48.9 degrees. The color of the images were enhanced to show the amazing variety in Jupiter’s stormy atmosphere. So, the result is a surreal world of vibrant color and contrast.

Launched in August 2011, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered the orbit of Jupiter on July 2016. Its primary goal is to study Jupiter’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. Since its arrival at Jupiter, Juno has beamed back several stunning images of planet’s mysterious cloud patterns

During its mission of exploration, Juno flies over Jupiter's clouds at different latitudes and probes beneath its obscuring cloud cover. The data will help improve our understanding of Jupiter's formation and evolution.

The mission is scheduled to end in February 2018.

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