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Juno's Jupiter Images Show Close-Up Views of Planet's Features

Juno's Jupiter Images Show Close-Up Views of Planet's Features
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By    |   Wednesday, 21 March 2018 09:29 AM EDT

Juno's Jupiter images show close-up views of the solar system's biggest planet taken by the NASA spacecraft revealing swirling storms brewing in the northern hemisphere, International Business Times noted.

NASA's Juno aircraft reached Jupiter in 2016 after a five-year journey and has since been gathering data as it orbits above the gas giant's cloud tops.

During its 11th close flyby of Jupiter on Feb. 7, Juno snapped the rose-colored photo showing a storm with bright cloud tops in the northern hemisphere of the planet.

The spacecraft was flying 7,578 miles from the tops of Jupiter's clouds when the image was taken, NASA said.

The image was processed by citizen scientist Matt Brealey using the JunoCam imager and then adjusted and embossed by citizen scientist Gustavo B C.

During the same flyby, Juno also managed to capture another stunning image of swirling cloud formations around Jupiter's south pole while flying about 74,896 miles away from the top of the planet's clouds, The International Business Times noted.

The Juno probe has produced some fascinating results that are helping scientists gain a better understanding of the gas-giant planet.

Data collected by NASA revealed that atmospheric winds of Jupiter last longer than similar atmospheric processes found on Earth and run deep into the planet's atmosphere.

Scientists have also discovered that massive cyclones surrounding Jupiter's north and south poles are enduring atmospheric features and "unlike anything else encountered in our solar system."

"Juno is only about one third the way through its primary mission, and already we are seeing the beginnings of a new Jupiter," said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, in a statement.

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Juno's mission to Jupiter has produced breathtaking images of our solar system's biggest planet, and the latest photos to be released show a close-up view of swirling storms in the northern hemisphere.
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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 09:29 AM
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