Another Look at the Giant Red Spot

This Jovian image was processed from data taken by the JunoCam instrument aboard the Juno spacecraft by amateur scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran. North is to the left of the image. The spacecraft was a bit more than 16,500 km from the tops of the Jupiter’s clouds when the image was taken at 23:12 UTC on 10 July, 2017, during its seventh close flyby.

Image Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

The Giant Red Spot in True Color

This true color image of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was created by amateur scientist Björn Jónsson using data from the JunoCam imager aboard the Juno spacecraft. It’s a natural color rendition of what the Great Red Spot and surrounding areas would look like to the human eye from Juno’s point of view at 1410 UTC on 10 July, 2017, during its seventh close approach to the planet. The spacecraft was a bit less than 14,000 km above the cloud tops when the image was taken. The active wind zones in and around the Great Red Spot are clearly visible.

Image Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Björn Jónsson

Close Encounter 6

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On 19 May, the Juno spacecraft closed in on Jupiter at the perijove of its 53 day orbit around the gas gaint. This 14-frame sequence of enhanced-color JunoCam images follows the spacecraft’s perspective during the two hours around the closest approach. The images begin with a look down on Jupiter’s north polar region and moves on to equatorial and south polar region views. The 7th and 8th images were taken only 4 minutes apart above Jupiter’s equator just before the spacecraft reached perijove, the closest approach to Jupiter on this orbit. The southern images in the sequence show the white oval storm systems called Jupiter’s “String of Pearls.”

Image Credit: NASA

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