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Swirling Jupiter clouds look mesmerizing in dramatic orbit photo

by Brandon Russell | June 25, 2017June 25, 2017 6:00 am PDT

Because one spectacular photo of Jupiter isn’t enough, NASA this week released another image of the gas giant, showcasing its remarkable bands of light and dark clouds.

The image was created by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran, who used data from Juno’s JunoCam to create an enhanced-color image of Jupiter. In it, we get a detailed look at the planet’s swirling clouds, along with oval storms scientists refer to as “String of Pearls.”

NASA further explains what we’re seeing:

Each of the alternating light and dark atmospheric bands in this image is wider than Earth, and each rages around Jupiter at hundreds of miles (kilometers) per hour. The lighter areas are regions where gas is rising, and the darker bands are regions where gas is sinking.

Taken from an altitude of 20,800 miles above Jupiter’s clouds, the picture is a gorgeous reminder that the planet is both beautiful and frightening.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is set to perform another flyby of Jupiter on July 11, after which we’ll no doubt get more fantastic pictures.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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