Jupiter's stormy atmosphere captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft

Yet another beautiful image from the Juno mission shows Jupiter in greater detail than ever seen before.

Published: November 1, 2019 at 10:09 am
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Jupiter's stormy atmosphere captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft. Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill.

Jupiter's stormy atmosphere appears in full view in this glorious image captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft.

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Four images were captured by Juno on 29 May 2019 and the data was then processed by citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill to produce the final result.

Juno flew between 18,600-8,600km above the cloud tops as the images were taken.

The spacecraft launched on 5 August 2011 and arrived in orbit around the gas giant on 4 July 2016.

Its mission is to gather information about Jupiter's gravity, composition, magnetic field and the nature of its storms to build a bigger picture of the planet.

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  • Spacecraft Juno
  • Release date 20 June 2019
  • Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

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Iain Todd, BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Iain ToddScience journalist

Iain Todd is BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Staff Writer. He fell in love with the night sky when he caught his first glimpse of Orion, aged 10.

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