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

A Storm on Jupiter

Amateur scientist Bjorn Jonnson processed data from the JunoCam instrument about the Juno spacecraft to produce this enhanced color view of Jupiter’s cloud tops. The image highlights a huge counterclockwise rotating storm that appears as a white oval in the gas giant’s southern hemisphere.

Image Credits: NASA /J PL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Bjorn Jonsson

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