The US space agency NASA’s Juno spacecraft that is orbiting gas giant Jupiter has beamed back another stunning image of the strange atmosphere of the largest planet of the solar system. Juno probe regularly sends amazing photos of Jupiter, but the recent picture is scary which reveals how tumultuous and hostile the atmosphere of a planet can be. Scientists have enhanced the features of the incredible shot to make it appear even more haunting.
The weird intricate patterns as shown in the image exist for real which depicts highly unstable and ever-changing atmosphere of Gas King. These patterns appear no less than a beautiful art made by a famous artist like Picasso.
JunoCam imager installed in Juno spacecraft has taken the beautiful shot on Dec. 16, 2017, at 9:43 a.m. PST (12:43 p.m. EST). The probe was nearly 8,292 miles (13,345 kilometers) above the tops of Jupiter’s clouds while capturing the image at a latitude of 48.9 degrees.
Thanks to citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran who processed the image to enhance its colors and make it look more appealing to space enthusiasts, before releasing it on the NASA’s official website.
Previously, the spacecraft has taken breathtaking pictures of Jupiter’s Jovian Clouds in striking shades of blue, several storms on the gas giant that appear like a ‘String of Pearls‘, but what caught most attention was the astonishing image of raging storm on the Jupiter.
All these images have been shot by JunoCam imager that was not included in the spacecraft for the mission initially. But, scientists installed the colored camera just to ignite the interest of the public in the iconic mission.
The Juno spacecraft took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Aug 5, 2011, and reached Jupiter after completing nearly five years long journey on July 5, 2016. Since then, the spacecraft has made several flybys of the gas giant to study its auroras and to learn more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere, and magnetosphere.
Juno’s name comes from Roman mythology. The mythical god Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief, and his wife — the goddess Juno — was able to peer through the clouds and reveal Jupiter’s true nature.
JPL manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Juno is part of NASA’s New Frontiers Program, which is managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft. Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages JPL for NASA.
You can see all the images captured by Juno spacecraft here.