Jupiter looks like a modern art portrait in these JunoCam images

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi |

Published: April 20, 2020 1:32:23 pm


Juno captured this at its 26th flyby. (Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS | Image processing by Kevin M. Gill)

As the largest planet orbiting the Sun, Jupiter holds the reputation of being a body that has a profound influence on the solar system. NASA’s Juno spacecraft is currently studying the gas giant’s gravitational and magnetic fields among other things including its vast magnetosphere, aurora, and the swirling clouds of its atmosphere.

The space agency recently shared a picture (21MB in size) of the elaborate atmospheric jets in Jupiter’s northern mid-latitude region on a website dedicated to the Juno mission. Citizen scientist Kevin M Gill processed this JunoCam image, which was taken on April 10, 2020, as the Juno spacecraft performed its 26th close flyby of the planet.

“At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was about 5,375 miles (8,650 kilometres) from Jupiter’s cloud tops at a latitude of about 50 degrees North. The spacecraft was travelling about 127,000 mph (204,000 kilometres per hour) relative to the planet at that time,” NASA said.

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According to the space agency, this detailed colour-enhanced image (shared above) reveals a complex topography in Jupiter’s cloud tops. Upon a closer look, we can spot relatively small and bright “pop-up” clouds that rise above the surrounding features and stand out at the tops and edges of the swirling patterns.

Here are some other colour-enhanced pictures of Jupiter that look like modern art portrait:

jupiter, nasa, juno, junocam, jupiter picture, jupiter images, jupiter clouds, jupiter atmosphere, juno spacecraft This image shows Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers). (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles)
jupiter, nasa, juno, junocam, jupiter picture, jupiter images, jupiter clouds, jupiter atmosphere, juno spacecraft During its 24th close flyby of Jupiter, NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this view of a chaotic, stormy area of the planet’s northern hemisphere known as a folded filamentary region. (Photo: NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS; Image processing by Kevin M. Gill)
jupiter, nasa, juno, junocam, jupiter picture, jupiter images, jupiter clouds, jupiter atmosphere, juno spacecraft This image shows an enhanced color view of Jupiter’s south pole. (Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Gabriel Fiset)
jupiter, nasa, juno, junocam, jupiter picture, jupiter images, jupiter clouds, jupiter atmosphere, juno spacecraft Image source: NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran
jupiter, nasa, juno, junocam, jupiter picture, jupiter images, jupiter clouds, jupiter atmosphere, juno spacecraft See intricate cloud patterns in the northern hemisphere of Jupiter in this new view taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. (Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Kevin M. Gill)

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