The solar system comprises of several planets and moons which are pretty interesting to look at due to their distinct features. However, out of all the objects making orbits around the Sun, the largest planet of our solar system, Jupiter is one of the most fascinating ones to observe. The swirling clouds above it have so much going on that you’d never get bored looking at them.
The Juno orbiter spacecraft launched by NASA has been sending back some amazing detailed pictures of Jupiter which no one has ever seen. The US space agency decided to display one such picture through a blog post which shows the dramatic atmospheric features of the planet’s northern hemisphere. The picture showcases the beautiful swirling clouds which surround a circular facet located within a jet-stream area known as ‘Jet N6.’
NASA says that the picture was captured by the spacecraft on 12 February 2019, during its 18th flyby of the giant planet.
Notably, massive storm clouds, stretching across hundreds of miles, cover most of the surface of Jupiter. This is a reason why many aspects of the gas giant still continue to remain a mystery to the researchers. Getting to know how such storms take place and live are some of the things which the Juno team is continuously working on since a long period of time.