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Dazzling photo of Jupiter clouds doesn’t look real

by Brandon Russell | December 2, 2017December 2, 2017 1:00 pm PST

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful image of Jupiter this year—and that’s saying a lot, because there have been a number of surreal images of the gas giant in 2017. Why not add one more to the mix?

Captured by the Juno spacecraft on October 24 from a distance of 11,747 miles, the image displays a swirl of clouds at Jupiter’s northern hemisphere.

NASA explains:

Because of the Juno-Jupiter-Sun angle when the spacecraft captured this image, the higher-altitude clouds can be seen casting shadows on their surroundings. The behavior is most easily observable in the whitest regions in the image, but also in a few isolated spots in both the bottom and right areas of the image.

The image looks like one those mesmerizing videos of oil, food coloring and water, displayed what looks like a cosmic ballet. Truly, it’s a sight to behold.

We can all thank citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran for processing the color-enhanced image. It’s a good way to say goodbye to 2017.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.