Juno has captured it’s first close-up images of Jupiter and they show us a stunning Jovian world riddled with chaotic weather storms. Images show cyclones as big as 870 miles (1,400 km) in diameter swirling over Jupiter’s north and south poles.
Juno went into Jupiter’s orbit in July with a goal of seeing through the cloudy atmosphere and provide insights into how the planet formed. The $1.1bn probe has survived a six-year, 2.8 billion km journey and now orbits around the planet’s north and south poles.
“We were all jumping up and down with excitement when the images came down. You’ve got to be patient, but the rewards are fantastic.”
– Fran Bagenal, Planetary Physicist, University of Colorado
Take a look at some of the images captured by Juno below:
As Juno continues to orbit Jupiter it will be sending back more amazing images, until then, our fingers are crossed.
You can read more about Juno’s latest pass here. “Jupiter’s atmosphere features colossal cyclones and rivers of ammonia welling up from deep inside the solar system’s largest planet, researchers said on Thursday, publishing the first insights from a NASA spacecraft flying around the gas giant.”
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