Jupiter photos released in the United States


No, it is not Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night painting, but the swirls are quite convincing.

NASA's Juno spacecraft has sent back some lovely new photos of Jupiter that give us all post-impressionist sensations.

Jupiter is quite dramatic, in case you forget about the Great Red Spot, the giant gale's perpetual giant storm. That is why the continuous flow of Juno images since arriving at Jupiter in 2016 has been incredible.

Atmospheric characteristics in Jupiter's northern hemisphere are captured from NASA's Juno spacecraft. (EPA / AAP)

In the new images, the atmospheric characteristics in the northern hemisphere of Jupiter exhibit clouds that revolve around a circle in a region of jet stream called Jet N6.

Juno took the photo 13,000 kilometers from the cloud tops during his forthcoming 18th Jupiter flight on February 12.

Data captured by the Juno spacecraft show the south pole of Jupiter. (AP / AAP)
Jupiter shown at a distance of about 668 million kilometers from Earth. (AP / AAP)

The image was enhanced and rotated by citizen scientist Kevin M Gill.

If you're wondering how gross images are when Juno catches them, you can browse and play with them by yourself. And then you can create some of your own inspired arts, starry and out of this world.

The rendering of this undated artist shows NASA's Juno spacecraft making one of its closest passages on Jupiter. (AP / AAP)
A cyclone pattern observed on Jupiter was derived from data collected by the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument aboard NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter. (Nine / Provided)

During the fluttering flight, Juno had all the instruments in attention as he flew over the Great Red Spot to determine if it was attached to a gigantic spiral storm just below and had some mass.

Overall, 32 flybys are planned, so Juno is just beginning the second half of its flights.

The spacecraft Juno was in orbit around Jupiter for more than a year. (EPA / AAP)

"We've rewrote textbooks on how Jupiter's atmosphere works and on the complexity and asymmetry of its magnetic field," said Scott Bolton, Juno's principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.

Gross image data from the JunoCam imager on NASA's Juno spacecraft show the Great Red Spot of Jupiter. (EPA / AAP)

"The second half should provide the details we can use to refine our understanding of the depth of Jupiter's zonal winds, the generation of its magnetic field, and the structure and evolution of its interior."

In June, NASA approved another 41 months in orbit for Juno to meet its scientific goals. The mission is funded until 2022, when it will come to an end.

JunoCam has captured images of points of interest on the surface. (EPA / AAP)

The mission was designed to study the origin and evolution of the gas giant as well as provide a greater understanding of the beginning of our solar system.

This means determining the characteristics of the planet's atmosphere and magnetosphere, learning more about how the planet formed, and studying magnetic and gravitational fields to learn about Jupiter's deep structure.

– by Ashley Strickland

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