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NASA's Juno spacecraft photographs creepy 'face' on Jupiter

By T.K. Randall
October 27, 2023 · Comment icon 8 comments
An example of pareidolia in the atmosphere of Jupiter.
The 'face' (left) alongside a more distant view of Jupiter. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Vladimir Tarasov/A. Simon
Just in time for Halloween, NASA has posted up an image of an eerie-looking formation in the gas giant's atmosphere.
Captured on camera during Juno's 54th flyby of Jupiter on September 7th, this striking image shows turbulent clouds and storms along the planet's terminator (the line dividing its day and night sides).

Particularly intriguing is the appearance of a face in the image - with two large, dark eyes at the top, a nose in the center and a pair of lips toward the bottom.

In actuality, of course, this is little more than a case of pareidolia - the brain's natural tendency to make out meaningful shapes in otherwise abstract patterns.
"Citizen scientist Vladimir Tarasov made this image using raw data from the JunoCam instrument," NASA wrote on its website.

"At the time the raw image was taken, the Juno spacecraft was about 4,800 miles (about 7,700 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloud tops, at a latitude of about 69 degrees north."

"The low angle of sunlight highlights the complex topography of features in this region, which scientists have studied to better understand the processes playing out in Jupiter's atmosphere."

Source: NASA | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by esoteric_toad 4 months ago
If there was a planet that reminds me of the feeling of a Lovecraft story it is Jupiter.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 4 months ago
Stretching it a bit to call that a face. But whatever. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 months ago
It's a lot more like a face that much of what Picasso produced.
Comment icon #4 Posted by razman 4 months ago
Comment icon #5 Posted by Stiff 4 months ago
She does look a lot like some of the girls that frequent my local bars.
Comment icon #6 Posted by MissJatti 4 months ago
That image reminds me of a lost ancient culture, maybe somewhere in South America, that drew faces in their art, statues, poterys similar to the OP image. I could not find a good photo that shows what I am talking about below      
Comment icon #7 Posted by Abramelin 4 months ago
You mean something like this (Maya) :
Comment icon #8 Posted by razman 4 months ago
Yea who knows , maybe they found some kind of natural, shined ( or shined it) , glass like stone and stuck it in a bamboo shoot and saw something similar and got ideas.

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