NASA has released some incredible new photos of the planet Jupiter from its Juno space probe, which was first launched in 2011. Juno has visited many planets since it left on its voyage, but has most recently encountered Jupiter. The space probe arrived in Jupiter in July of 2016 and has since been taking incredible photos of the planet and its atmosphere.
Juno’s mission is to measure Jupiter’s composition, gravity field, magnetic field, and polar magnetosphere. It will also search for clues about how the planet formed, including whether it has a rocky core, the amount of water present within the deep atmosphere, mass distribution, and its deep winds.
Jupiter has been explored on a number of occasions by robotic space probes, starting with the Pioneer and Voyager flyby missions from 1973 to 1979, and later by the Galileo orbiter, which arrived at Jupiter in 1995.
Pioneer 10 was the first space probe to visit Jupiter, making its closest approach to the planet on December 4, 1973. Pioneer 10 identified plasma in Jupiter’s magnetic field and also found that Jupiter’s magnetic tail was nearly 800 million kilometers long, covering the entire distance to Saturn.
In late February 2007, Jupiter was visited by the New Horizons probe, which used Jupiter’s gravity to increase its speed and bend its trajectory en route to Pluto. The latest probe to visit the planet is Juno, which entered into orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016.
Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System. Future targets for exploration in the Jupiter system include the ice-covered liquid ocean of its moon Europa. Jupiter has 79 known moons, including the four large Galilean moons discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610. Ganymede, the largest of these moons, has a diameter greater than the entire planet of Mercury.
Check out the incredible new photos from the Juno probe below:
The Great Red Spot and tempestuous southern hemisphere taken by NASA’s spacecraft Juno during a nearby pass of this great gas planet
Jupiters’ southern hemisphere is totally overtaken by these whirling cloud belts in the image taken by NASA’s spacecraft Juno.
An extraordinary image captured of 2 storms merging together taken from NASA’s spacecraft Juno of Jupiter’s atmosphere
Nearby the South Pole of Jupiter, twirling cloud configurations are captured looking upwards to the equatorial area.
The Jovian cloudscape is dominated by a vigorous storm on the southern edge of Jupiter’s northern polar region
A striking image of Jupiter’s distinct Great Red Spot and the enfolding turbulent areas captured by NASA’s spacecraft Juno.
Complex and intriguing patterns in a jet stream region of Jupiter’s northern hemisphere known as “JetN3” are taken from NASA’s Juno spacecraft.
During a flyby of the gas giant on the 16th of December 2017, the abundant white clouds are seen in this picture of…
Captured with Jupiter’s northern hemisphere, turbulent and twirling cloud bands are depicted in what could look like a water colour painting at first glance!
A whirlpool with a deep dark core is clearly depicted in this image of a view of an area inside a Jovian jet stream. The…
On the 21st of December 2018 this stunning image of the southern hemisphere of Jupiter was taken from Juno, NASA’s spacecraft on nearby flyby of the gas planet
Turbulent northern areas are captured by Juno, NASA’s spacecraft on the close advance on the 17th of February 2020
Remarkable hues of blue are depicted in this image of Jovian clouds taken by NASA’s spacecraft, Juno.
A stunning image of Jupiter’s moon Io, generating its shadow onto the planet. Same as Earth when solar eclipses are experienced, is when Io passes in front of the Sun on Jupiter.
Jupiter does not have a dense surface like Earth and data collected by NASA’s spacecraft Juno, has revealed that this…
Known as a white oval, these are images of “pop-up” swirling clouds that emerge in an anticyclonic storm. Captured by NASA’s spacecraft Juno, in Jupiter’s vibrant North North Temperate Belt