During its seventh close pass flight away from Jupiter, NASA’s spacecraft Juno snapped a few pictures of the planet’s South Pole and its atmosphere. The photos were taken on May 19 of this year and were taken from about 29,100 miles (46,900 kilometers) above the cloud tops. The spacecraft was also over 65.9 degrees south latitude, with a lovely view of the south polar region of the planet.
Since the pictures were snapped, a new enhanced version which makes the variety of colors more noticeable has been made public, and it shows a surreal world of vibrant color, clarity, and contrast. Four of the white oval storms known as the “String of Pearls” are visible near the top of the image. If you look closely, you can also see an orange colored storm near the belt-zone boundary. This is interesting because the other storms are shown to have a cream color.
Jupiter: The film about beauty
At the beginning of June of this year, a team comprised by German Mathematician Gerald Eichstaedt and Britain Film Producer Sean Doran made an incredible video of +2,700 frames comprised of pictures taken by the Juno Spacecraft. Which offers a new look at one of the oldest planets in the solar system, and shows the amazing depth of its beauty. Check the Vimeo video right here:
But some of our users might be asking. “What is the Juno Spacecraft?”, Juno is a spatial probe sent by the American research facility NASA dedicated to the study of the planet Jupiter. The spacecraft was launched on August 2, 2011 and has been orbiting Jupiter’s orbit since July 5, 2016. Since then, it has helped in the research of the atmosphere, origin, structure, and evolution of the planet in the Solar system across the years. If you want to learn more about the Juno project, you should check out this link. All the while you can also take a look at JunoCam’s raw images which are all made available to the public for processing via this link.