NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Just Spotted A “Dragon’s Eye” On Jupiter

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Well Jupiter devotees, it’s been a while. But you’ll be glad to hear that we’ve finally got another image from the Juno spacecraft for you to enjoy, and it’s a beauty.

The image above, revealed in full below, was captivated by the spacecraft on October 29, 2018. It was taken during the spacecraft’s 16 th close flyby of countries around the world, on its continuing mission to tell us more about what this gas monstrou is made of.

Taken from a distance of 7,000 kilometers( 4,400 miles ), the image demonstrates glooms swirling in Jupiter’s North-North Temperate Belt( NNTB ). An anti-cyclonic storm known as a grey elliptical is clearly visible in the top left, which NASA referred to as a “dragon’s eye” on Twitter, while elsewhere the authorities have many “pop-up” clouds swirling in the planet’s atmosphere.

While the likenes was taken by the Juno spacecraft, it has previously been handled by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstadt and Sean Doran to bring out its key features. Those two are responsible for a lot of the beautiful portraits we’ve been investigating from the Juno mission.

Here’s the splendid portrait in all its beauty.

The “eye” is towards the top. NASA/ JPL-Caltech/ SwRI/ MSSS/ Gerald Eichstadt/ Sean Doran

But if this image hasn’t quite satisfied your need to see new pictures of Jupiter, you’re in luck. Because on Twitter, Doran shared some images of a bizarrely dolphin-like feature manufacturing its route through the glooms of Jupiter. Weird.

Juno’s mission at Jupiter was recently extended, gist it’ll remain in orbit until at least 2021. It’s the farthest probe from Earth to run on solar power alone, but also has to cope with the intense radiation of Jupiter- entailing it completes a wide orbit every 53 epoches, taking it far from the planet’s radiation before swooping in again.

The mission is ticking along neatly, and based on these personas, we’ve got plenty more to look forward to in the future.

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