Jupiter's atmospheric jet streams visible in new image returned from NASA probe

by Laura Mize · Feb 25th, 2021 1:17 pm
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Last Updated Feb 26th, 2021 at 11:26 am

An image returned by NASA's Juno probe, which has been photographing and gathering data on Jupiter for nearly five years, shows massive jet streams in the atmosphere of our solar system's largest planet.

Tanya Oleksuik, identified as a "citizen scientist," used data from the JunoCam to provide color enhancement to the image originally returned by the spacecraft. The atmospheric jet streams appear in the image as the colored bands and belts that circle the planet. Jupiter's Great Red Spot is also visible in the upper right of the image.

Data collected by Juno show the jet streams reach much further into the planet than previously thought.

"Evidence from Juno shows the jet streams and belts penetrate about 1,800 miles (3,000 kilometers) down into the planet," a NASA news release reads, in part.

Juno was about 31,000 miles away from the tops of Jupiter's clouds when it snapped the image.


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