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Super Storms & Cloudscapes

Super Storms & Cloudscapes

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, May 28, 2017/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, art and design, adventure

  Jupiter's South Pole, 32K miles high, with cyclones 600 Miles in Diameter. (credit: Juno, JPL)

The Juno mission delivers again! The Jupiter polar probe managed by Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California has just released stunningly art-gallery worthy photography from the gas giant. Storms are raging constanly as seen in these Juno images.


               Jupiter South Pole Auroras      Juno Images acquired 5-19-2017     Jovian Cloudscape (credit: JPL)

"Southern Lights" (auroras) are on display in a false-color Infrared map (left). They result when electrons from Jupiter's magnetosphere crash into the hydrogen in the upper atmosphere. Waves of clouds dominate a three-dimensional cloudscape (right) as captured by JunoCam during the most recent south polar flyby.

Expect more wonders as the Juno continues its elipical dives over Jupiter's poles before plunging into the planet.



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