Jupiter has an iconic ‘Great Red Spot’, and we all know that. But NASA’s high-end spaceship – the Juno Orbiter has recently stumbled upon some other remarkable spots on the Gas Planet. NASA’s historic spacecraft Juno, which recently accomplished its fourth closest flyby to Jupiter, has beamed back a jaw-dropping image of the Gaseous planet, clicked from its surface. The picture is apparently representing the distinct views of Cyclones Swirl near the south pole of the planet. Alongside this, the image also holds the comprehensible sights of white oval storms near the limb of Jupiter – the noticeable rim of the planet.
In the image, the white oval storms of Jupiter seem like minor indentations. But in fact, they are the giant cyclones that are swirling the planet at a high tempo. As per the scientists, the Cyclones are approximately as broad as the mass of planet Mercury. The typhoons on Jupiter have an approximate mass of 3,000 miles or more, confirmed NASA in its official statement.
The onboard sensor of Juno Orbiter – the JunoCam imager clicked the pictures of the view on 2nd February 2017, at 5:52 a.m. PST (8:52 a.m. EST). When the picture was taken, the spacecraft was making a close flyby to the planet and was positioned at an altitude of 47,600 miles over the swirling cloud deck of Jupiter. To recall, before the 2nd February flyby, NASA organized a public poll for selecting the points of interest in the Jovian atmosphere for positioning its JunoCam. In reference to Earth’s Antarctica, NASA has titled the point of interest as “Jovian Antarctica”, following people’s choice.
The picture of 2nd Feb flyby was published on NASA’s official page, dedicated to highlighting Juno’s contribution to Jupiter exploration mission. According to NASA, “Jovian Antarctica” was one of Jupiter’s most targeted areas for Juno’s fourth close flyby of the planet on 2nd February 2017. The picture, beamed back by Juno spacecraft demonstrates the partially-shadowed sight of Jupiter’s disk. The solar-powered probe Juno is currently moving towards its upcoming flyby, and soon the world is expected to get some other spectacular views of the largest planet of the Solar system.