Juno captures amazing images of Jupiter’s North Pole during its first of 36 flybys

Juno captures amazing images of Jupiter’s North Pole during its first of 36 flybys

NASA’s Juno spacecraft during its flyby mission on Jupiter on August 27 has captured some amazing images of the giant planet’s north pole. During the flyby, the probe was hovering above Jupiter’s clouds at around 4,200 km.

Mission scientists have said that it was the closest that Juno has been able to get to Jupiter. During this moment, the spacecraft captured images of stormy systems and extreme weather activities on Jupiter. It was the first time when such a data has emerged from Jupiter, said the mission scientists.

Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwestern Research Institute in San Antonio, said that the images reveal that Jupiter’s north pole is more blue in color than other parts of the planets and also, it has many storms.

The giant planet’s north pole has no latitudinal bands like the way earth has. If one would see the images, Bolton said that it would very hard for him/her to recognize that it is Jupiter. From the images, it seems that the clouds are at higher altitude.

Jupiter does not have ‘hexagon’ at the north pole like the way Saturn has, said the mission scientists. Bolton said, “There is nothing on Jupiter that anywhere near resembles that. The largest planet in our solar system is truly unique. We have 36 more flybys to study just how unique it really is”.

The data has also been gathered through other instruments of the probe, including the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) and the Radio/Plasma Wave Experiment (Waves). On August 5, 2011, Juno was launched from Cape Canaveral and on July 4, 2016, the spacecraft reached the giant plant. It is expected that the mission would last till February 2018.


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