Traveling all the way to Jupiter took NASA’s spacecraft Junor four years and nearly 500 million miles! But it finally reached Jupiter’s atmosphere in 2016 and has been taking breathtaking photos ever since.
But now even more stunningly the space probe has made several close “flybys” past the planet, enabling its high-resolution cameras to snap some of the coolest images yet.
This close-up of Jupiter’s stormy Great Red Spot was posted to NASA’s website July 1, taken on Juno’s 27th “close flyby” of the planet:
On the spacecraft’s 26th flyby in April, it captured the following image of these elaborate atmospheric jets or “pop-up” clouds from about 5000 miles away:
This image is a composite of four photos taken between 30,000 and 60,000 feet from Jupiter in February, giving us a broader view of the gas giant:
In this shot the JunoCam caught two storms (white ovals) merging in December 2019:
This image of Jupiter’s equator was taken in 2017, but wasn’t published on NASA’s website until February 2020:
This composite, false-color infrared image taken in 2017 reveals haze particles over a range of altitudes, as seen in reflected sunlight:
And finally, this amazing shot of Jupiter’s South Pole from 2017.
Will we ever come close to knowing all that is out there? I can’t be sure but images like these are a great start to trying!! I for one can’t get enough!