The US space agency NASA has recently shared a photo that captured a pink storm on Jupiter, the largest planet in our Solar System Jupiter. The photo has been placed a few days ago on NASA’s Twitter page and, today, the image made it to the “Image Of The Day” on the official NASA site.
Juno captured a pink storm on Jupiter forming wave-like patterns in the Jupiter’s atmosphere
This beautiful photo was taken by the Juno probe’s camera, of course.
Juno, which has been launched towards the gaseous giant Jupiter in 2011, has captured stunning photos of the Jupiter’s clouds formations, storms, and the notorious Red Spot of the Jupiter’s atmosphere.
The recent image shows a Jupiterian atmospheric cyclone, which was forming into elegant wave-like patterns.
NASA’s astronomers have learned a lot thanks to the Juno probe
Until now, Juno has sent back to Earth precious data on the events that occur below the stormy atmosphere of Jupiter, being able to collect information of what’s going on at 3,000 kilometers below the atmosphere.
In particular, strong vortices fixed in Jupiter’s atmosphere appear to penetrate the interior of the planet and cause changes in the planet’s gravitational field. The researchers revealed that the Jupiter’s gravitational field presents asymmetries on the North-South direction.
Therefore, the scientists have noticed that Jupiter’s core is rotating as a solid body.
Juno will most probably end its mission in mid-2018
NASA Juno probe has settled on the Jupiter’s orbit 2 years ago, in 2016. The probe is set to end its mission in July 2018, when it will plunge through the Jupiter’s atmosphere to send the last important dataset to the NASA engineers.
However, NASA officials may extend the Juno’s mission if the space agency’s budget will allow it.
In the meantime, NASA has recently shared an image of a pink storm on Jupiter and it is really stunning. More astonishing images will come as Juno will get close to its mission ending.