Juno spacecraft keeps surprising us. The new breathtaking image reveals a massive raging storm on Jupiter with clouds that are eight miles wide.
Lockheed Martin built Juno spacecraft and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory operates it. Then, scientists launched the spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 5, 2011. Thus, arriving after five years of flight time and is orbiting around Jupiter for around a year and a half.
Juno took this incredible photo on October 24, revealing massive bright clouds and their shadows. NASA says the swirling storm is rotating counter-clockwise over Jupiter’s northern hemisphere.
The new image looks exactly like an oil painting, but instead, it is very real.
The enormous storm has long hypnotized astronomers, however, you wouldn’t want to be there. It stretches roughly 4 to 8 miles across (7 to 12 kilometers).
NASA expects the storms to be updrafts of ammonia ice crystals possibly mixed with water ice.
Juno spacecraft sees ranging storms on Jupiter. Credit: NASA
However, scientists enhanced the color to help out as much detail as possible. Scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran processed it, using data from the JunoCam imager.
NASA publishes all of its imagery on its Juno portal.
Thumbnail Image: A color-enhancing image. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran