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Volcanoes erupt on Jupiter’s moon? NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures shocking fiery images

connectVideoNASA releases ‘unearthly’ photos of Jupiter

NASA’s Juno probe captured images of Jupiter that show wind-sculpted tires that are almost 1900 km, and the massive storms around the planet the north and south poles.

Jupiter’s moon lo was partially lit with a fiery red glow at the end of December if a volcano erupted, spewing plumes of gases and lava.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured images of the volcanic plume during the 17th flyby of the planet, the Southwest Research Institute recently confirmed in a press release. The gas giant’s moon, which is considered the most active volcanic body in the existence, it was observed by the researchers for more than an hour on Dec. 21 — the mid-point of Juno’s year-long mission.

“We knew We were breaking ground with a multi-spectral campaign Io polar region, but no one expected that we would be so happy to see an active volcanic plume of film material from the surface of the Moon,” Scott Bolton, principal investigator of the Juno mission, said in an online statement. “This is a New Year present shows us that Juno has the ability to see clearly plumes.”

MYSTERIOUS ‘CREATURE’ SPOTTED IN JUPITER’S CLOUDS STUNS NASA, SPACE ENTHUSIASTS

Images of the shocking sight, revealing several bright red-orange spots, were snapped by the JunoCam and shared online.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft snapped pictures of volcanic plumes on Jupiter’s Moon lo on Dec. 21.
(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/INAF)

“The ground is already in shadow, but the height of the plume allows it to reflect sunlight, just like the way mountain peaks or clouds on the Earth continue to burn after the sun has set,” Candice Hansen-Koharcheck, which works with the JunoCam of the Planetary Science Institute, described in a blog post.

NASA scientists also used instruments for measuring temperature and other data of their recent flyby.

Collect information about Jupiter’s moon is not a priority of Juno’s mission, but it is an extra bonus.

“Although the Moons of Jupiter are not JIRAM’s primary objectives each and every time we pass close enough to one of them, we make use of the opportunity for the observation,” Alberto Adriani, a researcher at the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, told the Southwest Research Institute. “The instrument is sensitive to infrared wavelengths that are perfectly suited to the study of the volcanism of Io. This is one of the best images of Io that JIRAM has been able to collect.”

‘CREATURES’ IN THE CLOUDS OF JUPITER? NASA’S JUNO SPACECRAFT CAPTURES IMAGES THAT STUN THE INTERNET

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.

Jupiter’s Moon lo is reportedly the most active volcanic body in the existence.
(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/INAF)

“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 has a number of impressive photos along the way. The colourful clouds of Jupiter, in particular, have captivated space enthusiasts as they spot well-known form under the enchanting swirls.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this report.

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