Jaw-Dropping Jupiter: Juno Probe Snaps Dramatic Up-Close Views of Planet

New photographs by NASA’s Juno spacecraft catch the solar system’s largest planet in all its complex glory.

The four photos — that Juno took over an 8-minute interval on Sept. 1, during its most recent close flyby of Jupiter — reveal the gas giant’s many cloud bands and innumerable swirling storms (although not the famous Great Red Spot).




“In the times the pictures were taken, the spacecraft ranged from 7,545 to 14,234 kilometers (12,143 to 22,908 km) in the tops of the clouds of the world at a latitude selection of -28.5406 to -44.4912 levels,” NASA officials wrote in a description of these pictures. You may see more amazing photos of Jupiter from Juno here.

The new photos really represent a collaboration between Juno and citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt Sean Doran, who processed raw imagery collected by the probe’s JunoCam tool within these dramatic, color-enhanced viewpoints.

New photographs by NASA’s Juno spacecraft catch the solar system’s largest planet in all its complex glory.

The four photos — that Juno took over an 8-minute interval on Sept. 1, during its most recent close flyby of Jupiter — reveal the gas giant’s many cloud bands and innumerable swirling storms (although not the famous Great Red Spot).




“In the times the pictures were taken, the spacecraft ranged from 7,545 to 14,234 kilometers (12,143 to 22,908 km) in the tops of the clouds of the world at a latitude selection of -28.5406 to -44.4912 levels,” NASA officials wrote in a description of the pictures. You may see more amazing pictures of Jupiter from Juno here.

The new photos really represent a collaboration between Juno and citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt Sean Doran, who processed raw imagery collected by the probe’s JunoCam tool within these dramatic, color-enhanced viewpoints.

NASA encourages anyone to procedure Juno pictures in this way. If you are interested, visit the JunoCam page here: https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam.

Since that time, the spacecraft was analyzing the giant planet’s structure, composition, and magnetic and gravitational fields, collecting data that mission scientists say should shed light on Jupiter’s formation and development.

Juno is in a highly elliptical orbit which brings it close to the world once every 53.5 Earth days. The spacecraft collects all its information during these moves that are close; it’s now completed eight of these.

Juno is scheduled to keep studying Jupiter through July 2018, although the probe will not necessarily stop operations then; NASA could wind up granting an expanding assignment.

Credit: Nasa