The Juno probe studying Jupiter took pictures of the gas giant cloud on October 29, 2018.
Credit: Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran / NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS
NASA returned to one of its favorite hobbies – a view of the clouds of another world – thanks to the Juno rides which currently orbit around Jupiter.
The Juno probe, which began to orbit our biggest neighbor in July 2016, is burdened with a number of scientific instruments designed to solve some of the biggest gas giant secrets. But it also carries a camera, which is directed based on public input.
The voice of the community has produced extraordinary photos like this photo, taken on October 29, at 4:58 a.m. EDT (2158 GMT). At that time, the spacecraft was doing the 16th scheme above Jupiter's surface, which came only 4,400 miles (7,000 kilometers) from the top of the Jupiter cloud system. (Images are also processed by the community, not by NASA.)
In twitter, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory calls the atmosphere a dragon's eye. The photo shows a regional scientist has been dubbed the Northern North Temperature Belt. A large white oval is a type of atmospheric knot called an anticyclonic storm, which means that on the outer edge of a storm, the wind blows in the opposite direction to the surrounding air mass. Smaller cloud structures are also seen.
This is not the only anti-cyclone storm on Jupiter; photos taken on September 6 show similar structures in the gas giant's southern hemisphere.
Earlier this year, NASA extended the Juno mission, with probes now because it stays in orbit through the summer of 2021. However, the extension reflects the fact that spacecraft cannot maneuver into shorter orbits, but instead remain in a wider orbit. which has scratched Jupiter only every 53 days. Extensions will allow spacecraft to complete the same number of orbits as originally scheduled.