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Behold - a swirling mystery!
During its 12th close flyby of Jupiter, our @NASAJuno spacecraft captured this close-up view of the gas giant planet’s tapestry of vivid colors and swirling atmospheric vortices. This image captures the easternmost edge of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and surrounding south tropical disturbance.
Many aspects of the planet’s atmosphere are still a mystery. For example, the origin of individual storms or churning cloud features is unknown. By studying Jupiter’s weather up close for the first time, our Juno spacecraft is helping researchers better understand how atmospheres work in general – including our own. What we learn about Jupiter’s atmosphere will also help scientists understand how gas-giant planets work in general, including those now being discovered beyond our solar system.
Since 2016 Juno has been penetrating Jupiter’s deep, colorful zones and belts in a quest to answer fundamental questions about the gas giant planet's origin and evolution.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Brian Swift/Kevin M. Gill
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