Looking North Toward Jupiter


If you’re in space below a planet and look north, you’ll see it’s south pole. This image shows Jupiter’s south pole as seen by the Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 52,000 km. The oval features are storms, some up to 1,000 km in diameter. Of course, the Sun only shines on half of any planet at any instant, so a true polar view should show some of the planet in darkness. Multiple images taken with the JunoCam instrument on three separate orbits were combined to show all areas in daylight, enhanced color, and stereographic projection.

Image Credit: NASA

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