NASA's Juno spacecraft has captured a stunning new image of storms in the North Temperate Belt of Jupiter, with white pop-up clouds and an impressionistic scene of "oil painting" storms on the planet.
As the Daily mail NASA recently commented on the picture, saying, "The scene features several bright white 'pop-up clouds' and an anti-cyclone storm known as the White Oval, which captures a plethora of gorgeous, swirling clouds in Jupiter's dynamic North Temperate Belt."
The new Jupiter photograph was taken at 1:58 pm by the Juno probe. PDT on October 29, when the probe was busy with its 16th flyby of the planet and was located at a distance of 4,400 miles from the mighty clouds that were so well captured in the picture. The picture should vividly show how strong the swirls and jets are in the area of the northern temperate belt of Jupiter, where the clouds are formed either of ammonia ice and water or of ammonia and ice crystals.
It was thanks to the civics scholars Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran that we have this beautiful picture of Jupiter, as the couple was able to construct the new image from the data that the JunoCam imager had collected on the NASA probe. When NASA posted a photo of the new Jupiter image on Twitter, they guessed it was reminiscent of a dragon's eye, inviting viewers to participate and comment on what the clouds and the storm represented to them.
– NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) November 9, 2018
Seán Doran believed that the dolphins he was observing were deep in the clouds of the vast Jupiter sky.
– Seán Doran (@_TheSeaning) November 8, 2018
Another recent picture of a similar storm on Jupiter was taken on September 6, revealing a so-called back mirror image of the planet's southern hemisphere. This particular picture was created this time by the citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt.
When the September picture was taken, the Juno probe was at a distance of about 55,600 miles from the swirling clouds, NASA noted.
"The color enhanced picture was taken at 19:13. PDT on September 6, 2018 (10:13 pm EDT) when the spacecraft completed its 15th near flyby of Jupiter. "
The two new images in September and October have fascinated astronomers, as other Jupiter Juno fly-bys have focused mainly on storms raging in the northern hemisphere of the earth.
It is fortunate that NASA is now keeping the scientific operations of its Juno spacecraft operational until July 2021 so that we can continue to see fresh images of the clouds and storms that permeate the sky of Jupiter.