NASA's Juno spacecraft has beamed back a stunning image of Jupiter, showing the diversity of colorful cloudy clouds of gas giant.
The image captures a number of bright white pop-up clouds and an anti-cyclonic storm, called a white oval, in Jupiter's dynamic northern tempered belt. The picture was taken on October 29th as the spacecraft performed its 16th near Jupiter airfield.
By that time, Juno was about 7,000 kilometers from the clouds of the planet, at a latitude of about 40 degrees north. National researchers Gerald Eichstadt and Sean Doran used data from the spacecraft's JunoCam display to create a color-enhanced image of the cloud of the planet, NASA said in a statement.
JunoCams raw images are available online for the public to read and process image products.
Juno's main goal is to understand Jupiter's origin and development. Under its tight cloud cover, Jupiter protects the secrets of the basic processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation. As the premier example of a giant plan in the solar system, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge to understand the planetary systems discovered around other stars.
With its suite of scientific instruments, Juno will investigate the existence of a solid planet core, map Jupiter's intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere and observe the planet's auroras. Data from Juno helps us understand how big planets form and what role these titans played to put together the rest of the solar system.