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Juno Delivers, Again!

Juno Delivers, Again!

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, March 6, 2018/Categories: natural history, photography, video, space science, art and design, environment, adventure

Jupiter's North Pole and Circling Cyclones (credit: Project JUNO, JPL)

JPL just released new imagery captured by the JUNO probe as it recently crossed Jupiter's north pole. It stunning.

The composite image almost looks like a vast 'lava-lake'. It was created from data gathered by Juno's infrared (IR) mapping instrument showing the central cyclone vortex at the planet's north pole. It is surrounded by eight additional swirlling cyclones. The IR sensor collects temperature measurments that represent colors of radiant heat: the yellow (thinner) clouds are about 9F in brightness temperature while dark red (thickest) are approximately -180F. The science probe still has six orbits remaining in its exploration of the giant giant before the scheduled end of its mission later this year.

The first full year of data that JUNO gathered has been analyzed and a summary of the probe's discoveries are presented in this animation.



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