Jupiter’s Stripes Reveal Stunning Details in New Juno Probe Images


The colorful cloud belts of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere dominate this stunning photo from NASA’s Juno spacecraft in orbit around the gas giant released on Jan. 12, 2018. Juno captured the image on Dec. 16, 2017. It was processed by citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill
The ribbons of multicolored gas that make up Jupiter’s atmosphere are on display in two new images from NASA’s Juno probe

By Calla Cofield | SPACE.com

In one of the new images, the ribbons of gas that wrap around Jupiter’s equator are shown in stunning resolution, revealing detailed structures in the clouds. With this level of detail, the bands of gas start to resemble solid materials: An orange-tinted region looks like a knotty wood plank, and a speckled, whitish-blue layer looks like a sandy river bottom.

In the second image, the planet’s south pole is rendered in bright colors that highlight how the bands of gas remain separate from each other, despite their stormy nature.

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