Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Beneath the Jupiter

Jupiter is stranger than we knew. NASA's Juno spacecraft has now completed its sixth swoop past Jupiter as it moves around its highlyelliptical orbit. PicturedJupiter is seen from below where, surprisingly, the horizontal bandsthat cover most of the planet disappear intoswirls and complex patterns. A line of white oval clouds is visible nearer to the equator.Recent results from Juno show that Jupiter's weather phenomena can extend deep below its cloud tops, and that Jupiter's magnetic fieldvaries greatly with location. Juno is scheduled to orbit Jupiter 37 times with each orbit taking about six weeks.
Image Credit: NASAJunoSwRIMSSSGerald Eichstädt & Seán Doran


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