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Cloud Tops

Cloud Tops

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, art and design, environment

     Enhanced-color Image of a Mysterious Dark Spot on Jupiter, 3-27-14 (credit: JUNO mission, JPL/NASA)

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's mission to Jupiter (JUNO) has produced a stunning close-up photograph of the gas giant's polar cloud tops. The image could easily be mistaken for an abstract painting.

According to NASA, at the time of the orbiter's closest approach Juno was about 2,700 miles above the cloud tops during its fifth close flyby of Jupiter. JPL has discovered that Jupiter's magnetic fields are very complicated and that the belts and zones that give the planet's clouds their distinctive swirling appearance extend deep into its interior. Study of the energized particles that create Jupiter's incandescent auroras also suggest there is interaction with charged materials lofted from volcanoes on Jupiter's volcanic moon Io.

It gets curiouser and curiouser as Alice said on visiting wonderland!



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