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‘Creatures’ in the clouds of Jupiter? NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures images that stun the internet

connectVideoMysterious ‘creature’ spotted in Jupiter’s clouds stuns NASA

Images revealed during NASA’s Juno mission in the ban of the internet. Space enthusiasts are quick to investigate on the colorful clouds of Jupiter, hoping to catch a tip of a known form under the enchanting swirls.

A “dragon’s eye,” “squid” and “the dolphins” are among the “beings” social media users have apparently been spotted in Jupiter’s environment. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory regularly produces batches of new images of the spacecraft around the gas giant.

On Dec. 21, Juno will mark the “halfway there” during the years-long mission.

“Juno is in a very elliptical 53-day orbit around Jupiter,” NASA explained in a Dec. 12 press release. “Each track has a narrow passage over the planet’s cloud deck, where it will fly a ground track, which stretches from Jupiter’s north pole to the south pole.”

IMAGES OF JUPITER BY NASA S JUNO SPACECRAFT

NASA’s Juno spacecraft launched on Aug. 5, 2011, and arrived at Jupiter five years later, in July 2016. Juno’s mission is scheduled to come to an end in July 2021 after the spacecraft slowly orbits of Jupiter, collecting important data along the way.

“Juno’s main goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation. As our primary example of a giant planet, Jupiter, can also be critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems discovered around other stars,” NASA describes on its website.

If the spacecraft is investigating the fifth planet from the Sun, it continues to snap amazing photos. Here is a look at some of the images and equations — that have gone viral in the past few months.

“Dolphins”

In December, NASA pointed out something fishy in an image taken from Jupiter the sky.

A series of photos taken in Jupiter’s hemisphere on Oct. 29, 2018, to reveal a school of dolphins “swimming” in the clouds. The photos, which were taken over 11,400 32,000 km of the top of the planet clouds were strengthened by scientists Brian Swift and Seán Doran.

“So long and thanks for the fish! A cloud in the shape of a dolphin to swim by #Jupiter’s cloud bands in this series of color-enhanced images,” NASA noted in a late November tweet, sharing a GIF of the pictures taken by Juno.

“The ‘dolphin’ feature is approximately 4,660 miles (7,500 kilometres in length,” NASA added later.

The images inspired by a variety of hilarious reactions.

“That is a big flipper. Thanks guys/gals,” a Twitter user replied.

“So that’s where the dolphins went! How are the fish on Jupiter? … asking for a friend,” another chimed in.

“Hey! What to think of the Sea Turtles above the Dolphin is the journey to the other side?” a man held.

“Dragon’s Eye”

“Dragon’s Eye? What you see in the swirling clouds of Jupiter?” the NASA lab asked fans on Nov. 9.

The question prompted a flurry of reactions, with many allowing their imagination to wander.

“I see a Squid,” one Twitter user replied.

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“Quetzalcoatl!” another guessed, referring to an ancient term which means “feathered serpent” or “flying reptile.”

“Dragon!!!” a man declared, in which the picture with colors, shapes the face of the legendary creature.

The picture was broke around 5 am ET on Oct. 29 when the spacecraft will its 16th close flyby around Jupiter. It was reinforced by scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran.

“A multitude of beautiful, swirling clouds in Jupiter’s dynamic North Temperate Belt is captured in this image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The appear in the scene are several white “pop-up” clouds as a anticyclonic storm, known as a white oval,” NASA explained in an online statement.

Aliens?

When NASA posted a photo of clouds in the Jovian jet stream, social media users had some fun poking fun at the “alien-like” face, hidden in the swirls.

“It looks a little bit like something out of an Alien movie. The kind of egg that you definitely don’t want for breakfast,” a Twitter user wrote.

Another user’s shared artwork that he or she interpreted that form hidden in the clouds.

“Absolutely beautiful. Looks like a sea of blue marble. Very serene,” another wrote.

The image was taken on Sept. 6, 2018, during Juno’s 15th close flyby of Jupiter, according to a press release. The image was reinforced by Brian Swift and Seán Doran.

“A brown oval known as a ‘brown boat’ can be seen in the North Temperate Belt region in the left part of the image,” NASA explains in a blog post.

“The Starry Night”

The amazing images come courtesy of the Juno spacecraft, recently 13th close flyby of the planet.
(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt /Seán Doran)

Yet a picture of Jupiter northern hemisphere compared to that of Vincent van Gogh’s iconic painting ” The starry night.”

“The region is seen here is somewhat chaotic and turbulent, given the various swirling cloud formations,” NASA said in a June 25 blog post. “In general, the dark cloud material deeper in Jupiter’s atmosphere, while the bright cloud material is high. The bright clouds are most likely ammonia, or ammonia and water, mixed with a sprinkling of unknown chemical ingredients.”

The picture above is taken at 1:23 pm EDT on May 24, as Juno was approximately 9,600 km above Jupiter’s clouds, above a northern latitude of 56 degrees. Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran made of the image with the data of the spacecraft’s JunoCam imager.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this report.

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