The swirling, toxic clouds of Jupiter’s North Temperate Belt are captured in this image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft which has been on the case since it was launched in 2011 – reaching Jupiter’s orbit about 5 years later.
The picture was created by ‘Citizen scientists’ (as NASA calls them) Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran by tiling a bunch of holiday snaps from Juno’s feed. The image has been ‘colour enhanced’ which always takes the fun out of things a bit (it’s not really like that then is it?) but then, when you think about it, the colour of any celestial body is a little bit arbitrary so adding a bit of saturation and creative interpretation is hardly cheating…
Anyway, the raw images were taken in late October, 2018 as the little-probe-that-could swam past the big guy for the 16th time.
There’s a kind of Bruce Willis-inspired promotional video about Juno here.
Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran