A NASA space probe orbiting the largest planet in our solar system captured incredibly detailed data from its complex and powerful storms, which a citizen scientist used to develop an impressive image of Jupiter's atmosphere.
According to the space agency, citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill used readings captured by the Juno spacecraft to create the impressive image. Juno's onboard imaging technology recorded the data while traveling about 8,500 kilometers over the clouds on November 3, 2019.
While the planet, a gas giant, is made up mostly of hydrogen and helium, NASA says scientists suspect that some of the strange coloration of storm clouds may come from the sulfur or phosphorus gases that originate in Jupiter.
The turbulent atmosphere of the planet has some huge storm systems, including this vortex about 1,200 miles wide and spinning in the region known as the north-north-north-temperate temperature range. Juno raw image data is publicly available for download and image processing.
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