NASA captures these stunning images of colourful cloud belts of Jupiter
The Juno spacecraft of NASA captured some stunning pictures of the colourful belts around Jupiter. These colour enhanced pictures by Juno show some of the most beautiful sights of Jupiter that have been captured.
These images were shot on December 16, 2017, when NASA's Juno performed its tenth close flyby of Jupiter.
More than one earth diameter
NASA's Juno spacecraft was a little more than one Earth diameter from Jupiter when it captured the view of the planet's tumultuous atmosphere.
The spacecraft was about 13,604 km from the tops of the clouds of the planet at a latitude of 27.9 degrees south when these stunning images were taken.
The dark region in the far left is called South Temperate Belt. A ghost-like feature of twisting and oscillating white clouds intersects the South Temperate Belt. The feature of slithering white clouds is the largest feature in Jupiter's low latitudes that's a cyclone - rotating with clockwise motion, explained NASA.
Juno spacecraft was launched on August 5 2011 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It arrived in orbit around Jupiter on July 4 2016. During these flybys, Juno is probing beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and studying its auroras to learn more about the planet's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. During its mission of exploration, Juno soars low over the planet's cloud tops -- as close as about 3,400 km.
Image Courtesy: NASA