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Stunning rose-colored storms on Jupiter captured by Juno spacecraft

US space agency NASA’s Juno spacecraft has captured a stunning image of Jupiter that offers a mesmerizing view of rose-colored swirling maelstrom on Jupiter.

The stunning close-up view of the storm was captured on Feb. 7, during its 11th close flyby of the Jovian planet. NASA officials have revealed that the spacecraft was 7,578 miles (12,195 kilometers) above Jupiter’s cloud tops, at 49.2 degrees north latitude.

The image was processed by citizen scientist Matt Brealey using the JunoCam imager. Another citizen scientist Gustavo BC adjusted the colors of the picture and embossed Brealey’s processing of the swirling storm. You can check out the picture below.

Launched on August 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, NASA’s $1.1 billion Juno spacecraft entered Jupiter’s polar orbit on July 5, 2016. It is powered by solar arrays, commonly used by satellites orbiting Earth. The spacecraft is currently operated by NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Juno zooms close to the solar system’s largest planet once every 53 Earth days. The spacecraft keeps an eye on the planet and helps the researchers to develop a 3D map of Jupiter’s internal structure.

Juno’s main mission is to find out information related to Jupiter’s composition, structure, weather layer, and magnetosphere. It is also searching for clues to find out more about the planet’s formation process, and the amount of water present in the deep atmosphere.

Another new study has found that Jupiter’s beautiful white and orange bands extend thousands of miles into the gas giant’s atmosphere. As per the study findings, the bands give way to giant cyclones organized in geometric patterns at both of Jupiter’s poles.

NASA posts raw images taken by Juno on its official website and invite the public to download and process and share the processed images. You can check out JunoCam’s raw images here.

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Megha Kedia

Megha Kedia

Megha is a seasoned reporter with over six years of experience covering news in technology, science and related fields. At The Space News, Megha covers space research & technology news.

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