Washingon: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has revealed some of the most breath-taking images from space that revealed Jupiter’s south pole in splendid eye-ball grabbing detail. The image created by citizen scientist Gabriel Fiset using data from the JunoCam instrument on NASA’s Juno spacecraft, according to a Daily Mail report.
The image also show dozens of gigantic oval storms dotting the cloudscape on Jupiter.
“Approaching the pole, the organised turbulence of Jupiter’s belts and zones transitions into clusters of unorganized filamentary structures, streams of air that resemble giant tangled strings,” NASA said in a statement.
The space agency has also made the raw images taken by the JunoCam instrument public and these can be seen at JunoCam’s official website. The images from Jupiter came weeks after Cassini spacecraft revealed the ‘watercolor world’ of Saturn in unprecedented detail.
As per reports, astronomers have been captivated by the strange swirling patterns on the planet. However, NASA stated that they are caused by ‘megawinds’ that are among the fastest in the solar system that can reach a mind-boggling 1,100 mph.
‘When imaged at infrared wavelengths that pierce the planet’s upper haze layer, the high-speed winds of Saturn’s atmosphere produce watercolor-like patterns,’ NASA explained further.
The organisation also informed that as the planet has no solid surface creating atmospheric drag, winds here can reach up to a speed of more than 1,100 miles per hour (1,800 kilometers per hour). The development came after NASA last week stated a ‘new frontier’ in its series of evidences advocating that alien life may exist on one of Saturn’s moons.
Practically every element that is required for life had been discovered in the same place in the solar systems – on one of Saturn’s icy moons, revealed NASA.