A new mesmerizing image of Jupiter has been released by NASA snapped by its Juno spacecraft. It was snapped as the probe carried out its 16th close pass-by of the gas giant—soaring around 7,000 km (4,400 miles) from the peak of the cloudy surface of the planet.
The multitude of whirling clouds in dynamic North-North Temperate Belt of Jupiter appears like they have been painted on. Generally, darker cloud matter is deeper in the atmosphere of Jupiter, whereas bright cloud matter is high.
The bright clouds are presumably ammonia and water or ammonia, blended with a sprinkling of unidentified chemical components. Appearing in this image are numerous bright-white “pop-up” clouds along with an anticyclonic tempest, called a white oval.
This picture was created by citizen scientists Seán Doran and Gerald Eichstädt utilizing information from the JunoCam imager of the spacecraft. The Juno probe took 5 Years to accomplish the 1.7 billion mile tour to the largest planet of the solar system—and is now collecting information on the mystifying planet. Juno is examining the planet’s gravity, composition, the foundation of its raging 384mph winds, and magnetic field, and magnetic field.
Prior to this, the Juno spacecraft had also snapped a picture displaying massive formations of moving gas that looks similar to waves in the atmosphere of Jupiter. The supposed wave trains—a cluster of waves of an identical or similar length moving in the same direction—were initially noticed by the Voyager missions during the gas giant’s flyby in 1979.
The image was captured with the JunoCam tool developed to capture significant images of cloud tops and poles of Jupiter. According to the researchers, the trains—that comprise as few as 2 waves and as many as numerous dozens—can have a space between crests as little as around 40 miles and as huge as around 760 miles.