NASA just released this new close-up photo of the swirling clouds found on Jupiter. It was captured by the Juno spacecraft on October 29th, 2018, during its 16th close flyby of the gas giant.
The clouds in the photo were seen in Jupiter’s North-North Temperate Belt (NNTB), one of the distinct cloud bands.
The white oval seen in the photo is an anticyclonic storm.
Juno captured this photo while flying at a distance of about 4,400 miles (7,000km) from the cloud tops. That’s a little more than half an Earth away from Jupiter, which is extremely close given that Jupiter’s diameter is a whopping 86,881 miles (142,984km).
P.S. Here’s another set of beautiful close-up photos of Jupiter shared back in 2017.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran