NASA reveals amazing infrared image of Jupiter cyclones that looks like pepperoni pizza

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 12th, 2020 2:22 pm
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Last Updated Oct 14th, 2020 at 3:25 pm

Earlier this week, NASA shared an amazing image on its Instagram account of Jupiter's polar cyclones taken from Juno's Infrared Auroral Mapper.

"The floor is lava! Oh wait, nevermind, that's just an infrared look at Jupiter's North Pole," NASA wrote.

Instagrammers and other social media users immediately noted the image's resemblance to a well-known dish — the pepperoni pizza.

NASA's Juno probe is on a multi-year mission to survey the origins and evolution of the giant gas planet and learn more about its atmosphere.

"Our James Webb Space Telescope will examine the atmosphere of Jupiter's polar region, where Juno discovered the clusters of cyclones seen in this image," NASA wrote on Instagram. "The James Webb Space Telescope's data will provide much more detail than has been possible in past observations, measuring winds, cloud particles, gas composition, and temperature."

The image posted by NASA features a central cyclone surrounded by eight others. They range in size between 2,500 and 2,900 miles across.

Alberto Adriani, Juno co-investigator from the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology, said researchers now have the ability "to observe the polar weather up-close every two months."

"Each one of the northern cyclones is almost as wide as the distance between Naples, Italy and New York City — and the southern ones are even larger than that," Adriani explained on NASA's website. "They have very violent winds, reaching, in some cases, speeds as great as 220 mph (350 kph)."


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