The Juno probe that studied Jupiter used this image of the gas giant's cloud on October 29, 2018.
Credit: Gerald Eichstadt / Sean Doran / NASA / JPL-Caltech / SvRI / MSSS
NASA has returned to one of its favorite hobbies – observing a different cloud – thanks to a south-space ship that is currently in orbit around Jupiter.
The Juno probe, which began orbiting our largest neighbor in July 2016, has a number of scientific instruments designed to break down some of the biggest gas giant secrets. However, he also carries a camera, which is based on public input.
Community votes resulted in incredible photographs like this, which were filmed on October 29 at 16:58. EDT (2158 GMT). At that time, the spacecraft headed its 16th skyscraper over Jupiter's surface, which was only 4,000 miles (7,000 kilometers) of the top of Jupiter's cloud system. (Images are processed by the community, not NASA.)
On Twitter, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory called an atmospheric view of the dragon's eye. The picture shows a region that scientists called Jupiter North North Temperature Belt. A large white oval is a type of atmospheric nuis called an anti-storm, which means that the outer edges of the wind blow the wind in the direction opposite to the ambient air. Smaller cloud structures are also in sight.
This is not the only antique storm on Jupiter; photo taken on September 6 shows a similar structure on the southern hemisphere of a gas giant.
Earlier this year, NASA expanded the Juno mission, with the probe now going to remain in orbit during the summer of 2021. However, this extension reflects the fact that a spacecraft could not maneuver into a shorter orbit, instead of staying in the sieve of the orbit that was collected by Jupiter every 53 days. The extension will allow the spacecraft to complete the same orbital number as originally planned.