Last updated February 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm
The Juno mission to Jupiter has produced another stunning image of the giant planet, this one taken from just 18,906 kilometres about the tops of the planet’s clouds.
The colour-enhanced image is of a cloud system in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere, taken on 24 October from a latitude of 57.57 degrees – 60% of the way Jupiter’s equator to its north pole. It was the spacecraft’s ninth close fly-by.
An earlier release of an image from the same close fly-by showed a massive, raging storm in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere, but taken when Juno was even closer to the planet’s surface – just 10,108 kilometres. The storm is rotating anticlockwise and the clouds vary in altitude with the darker ones deeper in the atmosphere than the brighter ones. Some are casting shadows (with the sunlight coming from the left).
Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran processed this image using data from the JunoCam imager. All of the raw images are available for the public to peruse and process into image products at www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam
Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/ Seán Doran / Gerald Eichstädt