NASA’s new photo of Jupiter is magnificent, and ‘turbulent’ at the same time, as a van Gogh painting

(Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt /Seán Doran)

Who knew that NASA was in the art business?

NASA unveiled a remarkable picture of Jupiter’s northern hemisphere on its website, which is reminiscent of a van Gogh painting, which is related to one of his most famous works, ” The starry night.” The images come courtesy of the Juno spacecraft, recently 13th close flyby of the planet.

“The region is seen here is somewhat chaotic and turbulent, given the various swirling cloud formations,” NASA said on its website. “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 above picture was 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.

NASA added that “scientists” by Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran made of the image with the data of the spacecraft’s JunoCam imager.

The government space agency called the bright oval in the center of the image, stating that the there is white in the ground telescope observations and that there is no significant movement in the interior of the oval.

Thanks to JunoCam, NASA is able to the additional structures in the back, added, as Jupiter is the Great Red Spot, “the wind probably slows down strongly in the direction of the centre.”

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