The spacecraft Juno keeps sending us incredible images from Jupiter, and according to NASA, those pictures are redefining everything we know about the giant planet.
Sended in a mission in 2011, Juno’s principal purpose is to take pictures from Jupiter, to know more about its atmosphere and activity. The results of this highly-expected process are, so far, very impressive.
In short words, Juno has found that “both of Jupiter’s poles are covered in Earth-sized swirling storms that are densely clustered and rubbing together.” It looks like this:
But this is not the only surprise: Juno’s Microwave Radiometer (MWR), which senses behaviour below the visible cloud surface, indicates “the presence of a broad band of ammonia around the equator that goes from the top of the atmosphere to as deep as it is possible to detect, at least 350km down.” It could be part of a major circulation system.
All of this data needs more investigation to be fully understood, but what we know s far is that Jupiter is way more crazy and beautiful that we -the non-scientist people and the scientist- ever expected to be. As we expect for more details and conclusions, we can take a look at these amazing images:
Juno will send more images for a few more motnhs. In February 20, 2018, the spacecraft will be self-destroyed, and its mission will be -now- succesfully ended.