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Juno captures stunning new images of Jupiter

Posted on Saturday, 23 September, 2017 | Comment icon 41 comments

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran
NASA's Juno probe has sent back four breathtaking new images of the gas giant's swirling atmosphere.
The $1.1 billion spacecraft, which arrived in orbit around Jupiter back in July 2016, captured the images over a period of eight minutes during its most recent flyby at the beginning of September.

While Jupiter's iconic Great Red Spot, a 10,000-mile-wide storm that has been raging in the planet's atmosphere for more than 350 years, is not visible in the images, other swirling storms, as well as Jupiter's distinctive cloud bands, can be clearly seen covering the planet.

"At the times the images were taken, the spacecraft ranged from 7,545 to 14,234 miles from the tops of the clouds of the planet at a latitude range of -28.5406 to -44.4912 degrees," NASA wrote.

An animation showing the gas giant's powerful aurora can also be viewed below.

Source: Space.com | Comments (41)

Tags: Juno, Jupiter

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #32 Posted by Nzo on 23 September, 2017, 11:19
Renaming Jupiter to Paisley. So from now on, the planet shall be known as Paisley. Send out the emails, texts, tweets etc. let the world know of the name change.   I will never look at someone wearing paisley ever the same.
Comment icon #33 Posted by seanjo on 23 September, 2017, 17:44
This all great, exciting stuff, but I want Humans to be out there taking the photos and working the instruments.
Comment icon #34 Posted by seanjo on 23 September, 2017, 17:54
What a fantastic thread and what fantastic imagery.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Reepa on 24 September, 2017, 9:29
Those pictures are awe inspiring, truely inspirational 
Comment icon #36 Posted by qxcontinuum on 26 September, 2017, 3:50
wow.. looks like abstract painting!
Comment icon #37 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 30 September, 2017, 10:43
95 Minutes Over Jupiter  
Comment icon #38 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 6 October, 2017, 22:38
Juno Observes Jupiter, Io and Europa  
Comment icon #39 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 23 October, 2017, 19:08
Jovian Moon Shadow  
Comment icon #40 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 10 November, 2017, 19:35
Jupiter’s Stunning Southern Hemisphere  
Comment icon #41 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 19 November, 2017, 10:34
Jovian Tempest  

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