Juno Spacecraft Has Captured This Color-Enhanced Image

Juno Spacecraft Has Captured This Color-Enhanced Image

This beautiful image has captured NASA’s Juno spacecraft that has an intensely dark center. The view of area shows vortex, the image was taken at 12:55 a.m. PDT (3:55 a.m. EDT) on May 29, 2019. The Juno spacecraft performed its 20th science flyby of Jupiter when capturing the image. At this time, spacecraft was about 9,200 miles (14,800 kilometers) from the planet’s cloud tops, above around 52 degrees north latitude.

Nearby, other features display bright, high altitude clouds that have puffed up into the sunlight. Citizen experts Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran created and named this image using data from the spacecraft’s JunoCam imager.

The atmosphere of Jupiter is the largest planetary atmosphere in the Solar System. It is mostly made of molecular hydrogen and helium in roughly solar proportions. Although water is thought to reside deep in the atmosphere, its directly measured concentration is very low. The nitrogen, sulfur, and noble gas abundances in Jupiter’s atmosphere exceed solar values by a factor of about three.

The Jovian atmosphere shows a wide range of active phenomena, including band instabilities, vortices (cyclones and anticyclones), storms and lightning.

Jupiter has been explored on several occasions by robotic spacecraft, most notably during the early Pioneer and Voyager flyby missions and later by the Galileo orbiter.

We have an article about top 10 facts about Jupiter that You Force to Know. Read here.

NASA mentioned “There is a lot about Jupiter we don’t know. Scientists want to study Jupiter. They want to find clues to how Jupiter formed and has changed over the 4.6 billion years of our solar system’s life. That will also help them to understand the formation of our solar system and other planetary systems around other stars”.

Source: Text; NASA, Wikipedia

Image credit; NASA