NASA’s Juno spacecraft provides a breathtaking 3-D view of Jupiter’s violent North Pole

NASA sent its Juno spacecraft to explore the largest and the most vigorous planet of our solar system, the Jupiter. Now, during one of its recent flybys the, the Juno space probe flew over Jupiter’s stormy North Pole. Jupiter’s North Pole is very violent and contains some of the biggest storms of our solar system. Juno has sent some awe-inspiring images of the gas giant’s swirling cloud and storms present in the North Pole.

The Juno team recently presented the 3D animated video of Jupiter that will make you tour through some of the biggest storms and cyclones of Jupiter. The new animation prepared by scientists at JIRAM (Juno InfraRed Auroral Mapper), was presented by the Juno team at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday, April 11. The scientists used the JIRAM data to create a very clear 3D video of Jupiter’s North Pole.
The polar vortex of Jupiter is not visible because of the angle that the scientists see from Earth and also because it is shrouded in shadow. The swirling cyclones and violent storms of the Jupiter’s North Pole can now be easily seen through the video. In the animation, one can see the 3-D view of North Pole’s giant central storm and other eight cyclones that surround it.

The video was truly mind-blowing and the 3-D view of the swirling clouds and storms of the polar vortex of Jupiter looked splendid. The scientists collected the images captured by the JIRAM instrument fitted to the Juno spacecraft and combined them to form this beautiful 3D video f the gas giant’s terrifying North Pole. The imagery was collected by JUNO during its fourth close flyby of Jupiter.

The 1 minute and 20-second video will give you a detailed view of the atmosphere of North Pole and also it will provide scientists a great insight into how powerful cyclones and storms work at Jupiter’s poles. The yellow areas in the animation are warmer and are deeper into the atmosphere of Jupiter whereas the dark areas are colder and are present high up in Jupiter’s atmosphere. In the image, the highest brightness temperature is measured to be around 260K and the lowest is about 190K, as informed by NASA. The main of JIRAM is to detect the temperature of Jupiter’s atmosphere through its infrared cameras. When Jupiter’s swirling clouds radiate heat into space, they do so as emitted infrared radiation and this radiation is detected by JIRAM.

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