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Colors of the Wind

Colors of the Wind

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, October 11, 2019/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, art and design, adventure

                       Colors of the Wind, Cloud bands on Jupiter (credit: Juno mission/JPL/Björn Jónsson)


NASA's Juno space probe orbiting Jupiter captured another photography with its powerful camera, JunoCam. The new image, captioned Colors of the Wind by mission scientists, shows bands of clouds in Jupiter's northern hemisphere.

According to JPL who manages the spacecraft, Jupiter rotates every 10 hours that creates super-strong jet streams in its atmosphere. Clouds are separated into dark belts and bright zones stretching across the face of the giant planet with some swirling streams reaching over 300mph at the equator.

JPL provides access to the raw photos from JunoCam so that interested individuals or 'citizen scientists' can try their hand at image processing. Access to their gallery is available here. That sounds like a fun thing to try. Surely Monet or van Gogh would have appreciated the opportunity.



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