NASA’s Juno spacecraft continues to orbit Jupiter, thus, bringing us beautiful views of the gas giant. Recently NASA has released an image of a rose-storm on planet Jupiter.
Juno space probe has entered Jupiter’s orbit on July 4, 2016.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft snapped the original picture on Feb. 7, during its 11th close flyby of the gas giant. At the time, Juno was 7,578 miles (12,195 kilometers) above Jupiter’s cloud tops, at a latitude of 49.2 degrees north, NASA officials said.
The image shows a close-up of a bright storm swirling around in the planet’s northern hemisphere. NASA employees adjusted the colors to make it easier to see, giving the whole picture a rose-colored quality.
“Citizen scientist Matt Brealey processed the image using data from the JunoCam imager,” NASA officials wrote in a photo description Friday (March 16). “Citizen scientist Gustavo B C then adjusted colors and embossed Matt Brealey’s processing of this storm.”
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has a built-in camera called the JunoCam. Thus, acquiring the best pictures of the polar regions of Jupiter. Usually, NASA posts raw images from Juno and invites the public to download and process the images, as well as to share the processed images. To learn more or try your own hand, go to the JunoCam site.
“The types of image processing we’d love to see range from simply cropping an image to highlighting a particular atmospheric feature, as well as adding your own color enhancements, creating collages and adding advanced color reconstruction,” NASA said.
Juno rotates around the solar system’s largest planet in a highly elliptical orbit. Thus, zooming close once every 53 Earth days. It’s during these close approaches — such as the Feb. 7 encounter — that the probe collects most of its science data.
Juno’s observations should help scientists better understand how Jupiter — and, by extension, the solar system — formed and evolved, mission team members have said.
Thumbnail image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Matt Brealey/Gustavo B C