Washington: The gas giant Jupiter is the fifth planet form the Sun and is the largest in the Solar System. Recently, Juno spacecraft of The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) captured swirling cloud belts of the planet which is named after Roman god Jupiter.
Juno captured Jupiter’s southern hemisphere and its vibrant twisting cloud belts. In the colour-enhanced photos taken by Juno, Jupiter looks like designer fabric with colourful bands and storms.
NASA explains, the dark region in the far left is called South Temperate Belt. A ghost-like feature of twisting and oscillating white clouds intersects the South Temperate Belt.
The feature of slithering white clouds is the largest feature in Jupiter’s low latitudes that’s a cyclone – rotating with clockwise motion.
The colourful cloud belt image was taken on December 16, 2017 when NASA’s Juno performed its tenth close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the mesmerising photo was taken, the spacecraft was about 13,604 km from the tops of the clouds of the planet at a latitude of 27.9 degrees south.
Citizen scientist Kevin M Gill processed this image using data from the JunoCam imager.
HIGH ABOVE JUPITER’S CLOUDS
NASA’s Juno spacecraft was a little more than one Earth diameter from Jupiter when it captured this mind-bending, colour-enhanced view of the planet’s tumultuous atmosphere.
See Jovian clouds in striking shades of blue in this new view taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.Juno spacecraft was launched on August 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and arrived in orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016.
During its mission of exploration, Juno soars low over the planet’s cloud tops — as close as about 3,400 km.
During these flybys, Juno is probing beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and studying its auroras to learn more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.