Image of Jupiter

NASA Has Just Captured New Image of Jupiter

NASA has released a new Image of Jupiter, taken on June 27 2019. The image of Jupiter shows giant planet’s trademark Great Red Spot. The colors, and their changes, provide important clues to ongoing processes in Jupiter’s atmosphere.

Jupiter is the largest in the Solar System. It is a gas giant with a mass one-thousandth that of the Sun, but two-and-a-half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined. Jupiter has been known to astronomers since antiquity. It is named after the Roman god Jupiter. When viewed from Earth, Jupiter can be bright enough for its reflected light to cast shadows, and is on average the third-brightest natural object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus.

NASA indicates these two cloud bands, above and below the Great Red Spot, are going to opposite directions. The red band above and to the right (northeast) of the Great Red Spot covers clouds moving westward and around the north of the giant tempest. The white clouds to the left (southwest) of the storm are moving eastward to the south of the spot.

In this image the Jupiter’s colorful cloud bands are confined to the north and south by jet streams that remain constant. The bands are all separated by winds that can reach speeds of up to 400 miles (644 kilometers) per hour.

According to NASA “The Great Red Spot is a towering structure shaped like a wedding cake, whose upper haze layer extends more than 3 miles (5 kilometers) higher than clouds in other areas. The gigantic structure, with a diameter slightly larger than Earth’s, is a high-pressure wind system called an anticyclone that has been slowly downsizing since the 1800s. The reason for this change in size is still unknown”.

Source: Text; NASA

Image credit; NASA