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.