The South Side of Jupiter

This enhanced color view of Jupiter’s south pole was processed by amateur scientist Gabriel Fiset using data from the JunoCam instrument on the Juno spacecraft.  Oval storms dot the cloudscape, but as one moves south, the organized turbulence of Jupiter’s belts and zones transitions into clusters of unorganized filamentary structures, streaming storms that look like a giant tangle of strings.

The image was taken from an altitude of about 52,200 kim above the planet’s cloud tops.

Image Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Gabriel Fiset

8 thoughts on “The South Side of Jupiter

  1. That’s kind of amazing. If I saw that in a science fiction movie I’d think it was an artistic flourish.

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