NASA Juno Spacecraft 3D View Jupiter Atmosphere
NASA’s Juno spacecraft orbiting the gas giant provides us with the first 3D view of the gas giant’s colorful atmospheric features, offering clues about the never before seen processes beneath its clouds. Researchers are able to study the inner workings of the belts and zones of clouds as well as its polar cyclones, with the most intriguing feature being the Great Red Spot. Read more to see the livestream in its entirety and for additional information.

NASA Juno Spacecraft 3D View Jupiter Atmosphere
Juno used its microwave radiometer (MWR) to image beneath Jupiter’s cloud tops and probe the structure of its vortex storms, including the Great Red Spot. The new data indicates that these storms are far taller than expected, with some extending 60 miles beneath the cloud tops and others, over 200 miles. Since the spacecraft is traveling low over Jupiter’s cloud deck at about 130,000 mph, scientists were able to measure velocity changes as small 0.01 millimeter per second using a NASA’s Deep Space Network tracking antenna.

Celestron - NexStar 8SE Telescope - Computerized Telescope for Beginners and Advanced Users - Fully-Automated GoTo Mount - SkyAlign Technology - 40,000+ Celestial Objects - 8-Inch Primary Mirror
  • Nexstar computerized telescope: The NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope features Celestron’s iconic orange tube design with updated technology and...
  • 8-Inch aperture: The 8-inch primary mirror in this Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for adults and kids to be used together packs enough light-gathering...
  • Fully-automated go to mount: Featuring a database of more than 40,000 celestial objects, the go to mount built into our telescopes for astronomy...

Previously, Juno surprised us with hints that phenomena in Jupiter’s atmosphere went deeper than expected. Now, we’re starting to put all these individual pieces together and getting our first real understanding of how Jupiter’s beautiful and violent atmosphere works – in 3D,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio and lead author of the Journal Science paper on the depth of Jupiter’s vortices.

Write A Comment