Far away, deep in our solar system, a NASA spacecraft has been drifting along ready to mesmerize us all with the latest photo that it got. This comes after another great image captured by Juno back in January.
CNET reports that this month, NASA’s Jovian explorer, Juno, has made its 18th close flyby of Jupiter, coming within about 8,000 miles (13,000 km) of its rolling clouds.
Juno took the photo from over Jupiter’s northern hemisphere
The picture in this article has been taken by the spacecraft’s JunoCam imager as Juno drifted over the northern hemisphere.
CNET reveals that “the large brown spot to the left of the picture sits within the swirling air currents of a region known as Jet N6. Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill plucked the image from JunoCam’s raw image database, color-enhancing the region of interest. The original image is below.”
Juno swings around planet Jupiter, and it’s constantly taking pics of the gas giant.
The spacecraft has entered its orbit back in July 2016, and since then, Juno was able to spot various mesmerizing phenomena in Jupiter’s clouds, according to the same online publication.
CNET also reports that Juno has been originally scheduled to crash into Jupiter back in 2018, but NASA eventually extended the Y-shaped spacecraft’s mission until 2021, allowing it to swing around the solar system’s biggest planet for a couple of years more.
Juno photographed twin storms on Jupiter in January
Jupiter has been in the spotlight in January as well when NASA shot twin storms on the planet.
The gas giant’s swirling storms are iconic, and NASA’s Juno spacecraft got close to capture them on its camera.
In the photo, there’s the Great Red Spot which is massive in comparison to another huge storm called Oval BA. The smaller storm has kept on changing in the past decades.