Jupiter’s Awesome New Image
The Juno spacecraft is a space probe orbiting Jupiter and it’s been sending back some amazing pictures of the gas giant. Launched on August 5, 2011, Juno only arrived at Jupiter as of 2016 and its been in orbit ever since. It dives between the planet and its intense belts of charged particle radiation, coming about 3000 miles from the cloud tops at its closest approach.
One of the latest images Juno has sent back is of the planet’s northern region. The image below was taken as Juno was flying some 15,000 miles above the churning clouds.
You may have noticed the hazy streaks above the clouds which run from the top to the bottom of the image. They are atmospheric particles floating above Jupiter’s famous, tumultuous clouds. NASA says that scientists don’t yet know exactly what these hazes are made of or how they form.