NASA published the first-ever images of Jupiter’s north pole and its southern aurora, taken during the Juno spacecraft’s first orbital flyby of the gaseous giant about 2,500 miles (4,200 kilometers) above Jupiter’s swirling clouds.
The infrared image above gives an unprecedented view of the southern aurora of Jupiter, as captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft on August 27, 2016.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent back the first-ever images of Jupiter’s north pole, taken during the spacecraft’s first flyby of the planet with its instruments switched on.
The images show storm systems and weather activity unlike anything previously seen on any of our solar system’s gas-giant planets.
“First glimpse of Jupiter’s north pole, and it looks like nothing we have seen or imagined before,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio .
Nasa’s Juno spacecraft completed its first orbit of the gas giant on August 27th 2016. During its approach and flyby it captured new images and data of Jupiter. Not only did it take optical images but also thermal and infrared as well as capturing Jupiters unique radio waves.
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The Juno spacecraft has snapped the first photo ever of Jupiter’s north pole, revealing some intriguing surprises.
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