connectVideoMysterious ‘creature’ spotted in Jupiter’s clouds stuns NASA
NASA unveiled the impressive views from the Juno spacecraft during the weekend, and to say that the space-enthusiasts were impressed would be an understatement.
“Dramatic atmospheric features in #Jupiter’s northern hemisphere is captured in this image of my last flyby,” NASA wrote in February. 22 tweet, sharing a photo of Jupiter’s swirling clouds. The image was taken on the morning of Feb. 12 while the spacecraft 18th flyby of the gas giant.
The photo stunned space lovers, who comment on the planet enchanting colors. Dozens compared to Jupiter’s northern hemisphere to a work of art.
‘CREATURES’ IN THE CLOUDS OF JUPITER? NASA’S JUNO SPACECRAFT CAPTURES IMAGES THAT STUN THE INTERNET
“It’s a Monet!” a Twitter user called.
“Van Gogh is that you?” another asked, referring to the famous Dutch painter.
“This part reminds me of a child in the womb, and all that swirls around him or her in the waking world,” a third observed.
Juno was about 8,000 km away from the tops of the clouds of Jupiter when the image was aligned, NASA revealed in a statement.
“The new perspective shows swirling clouds around a circular feature within a jet-stream region called” Jet N6,'” the space agency added.
A “dragon’s eye,” “squid” and “the dolphins” are among the “beings” social media users have spotted in the Jupiter environment during Juno’s mission. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory regularly produces batches of new images of the spacecraft around the gas giant.
IMAGES OF JUPITER BY NASA S JUNO SPACECRAFT
Juno marked with the “half” of the mission on Dec. 21.
“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.”
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.
As the spacecraft continues to explore the fifth planet from the Sun, the space enthusiasts, expect even more amazing photos.