At first glance, the top image may appear to be from a Vincent van Gogh painting, but it’s actually of the planet Jupiter, as captured by NASA’s Juno Spacecraft. It was captured 8,000 miles from the cloud tops during its 18th close flyby of Jupiter on February 12, and these atmospheric features in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere showcase clouds that swirl around a circle in a jet stream region called Jet N6. Read more for another video and additional information.
“During the flyby, Juno had all instruments at attention as it soared over the Great Red Spot to determine whether it’s tied to a giant spiraling storm just below it and whether it has any mass. Overall, 32 flybys are planned, so Juno is just beginning the second half of its flybys,” reports AZ Family.