Juno, the $1 Billion probe of NASA, travels at a speed of over 130,000 miles per hour. On the 24th of October, NASA received its 9th set of absolutely striking flyby images. For over a week, the sun located itself between Jupiter and the Earth. Because of this, NASA was blocked from receiving any data from the spacecraft.
Since the blockage is over now, Juno’s 9th perijove, which are the high-speed flybys of the spacecraft, has been sending plenty of stunning images to NASA. After researchers shared them online on Tuesday, many amateurs, as well as professionals, have been working on processing these data in order to produce colorful images. Sean Doran, a graphic artist based in the UK, processes NASA images frequently. Regarding the vibrant planet, Doran tweeted “What a blimmin’ gorgeous/diabolical planet.”
Similar to the previous flybys, the latest one also started over the north pole of Jupiter. After that, Juno traveled a few thousand miles over the massive planet, capturing some breathtaking views in high-resolutions.
When Juno reaches the closest it can get to Jupiter during every flyby, it becomes the fastest man-made object in the solar system. On its way back to deep space, Juno passed the south pole of Jupiter. At the poles, churning storms occur constantly. As a result, their appearance changes all the time.
Most of the new images of Jupiter look really artistic. The thick cloud bands and powerful storms on this gas giant add a lot of details to these images. The majority of Jupiter is composed of hydrogen, the simple gas which is a basic constituent of the sun and composes 90% of the atmosphere. Apart from hydrogen, the other major component of Jupiter’s atmosphere is helium. The other minor constituents include methane, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and water. The clouds get a variety of colors and properties from minuscule amounts of ammonia, methane, sulfur, and water.
Check out some of these fresh, close-up shots of Jupiter and some other astonishing views above, and share your thoughts with us in the comments.
Image credits: NASA – Jet Propulsion Laboratory