These are challenging times for the entire humanhood. While some are bored during the social-distancing period, others are anxious and terrified. Some of you find it tough to balance the responsibilities at home, the kids, and working remotely, and the modern-day heroes are on the front line, fighting to save lives.
So, here is a chance to refocus and soak up the mysteries of the cosmos!
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, provides another opportunity to learn more about Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.
NASA released pictures of the amazing planet, done by its spacecraft, Juno. It was first used in 2016, to monitor and find out more about Jupiter’s physical changes, and the way it formed and evolved.
Jupiter is also known as a “gassy planet”, and it is just 777.39 million km from Earth. Its climate is often very turbulent, with harsh storms and clouds.
According to NASA’s website:
“Not only is Jupiter the largest planet orbiting the Sun, it contains more than twice the amount of material of all other objects in the solar system combined — including all the planets, moons, asteroids and comets. In composition, Jupiter resembles a star, and scientists estimate that if it had been at least 80 times more massive at its formation, it could have become a type of star called a red dwarf rather than a planet.
While the universe’s most common elements, hydrogen and helium, make up most of Jupiter’s mass, the striking clouds that are visible at the top of its atmosphere are composed mostly of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide.”
The thirty high-definition photos of the gas giant, taken by Juno, are incredibly detailed, so the following collection will charm you:
1. This photo was taken from more than the diameter of Earth from Jupiter, and it reveals its wild atmosphere.
2. These are swirling clouds that appear in an anticyclonic storm, in Jupiter’s vibrant North North Temperate Belt.
3. Jupiter’s winds are longer and stronger comparable to those on our planet.
4. Near the South Pole of Jupiter, twirling cloud configurations looking upwards to the equatorial area.
5. The shadow of the moon Io onto the planet.
6. Magnificent Jovian clouds.
7. Turbulent northern areas on the close advance on the 17th of February 2020.
8. The Great Red Spot and turbulent southern hemisphere
9. The southern hemisphere of Jupiter on the 21st of December 2018
10. A whirlpool with a deep dark core inside a Jovian jet stream.
11. Similar to a water-color painting, this is the planet’s northern hemisphere.
12. Taken on the 16th of December 2017, the picture shows abundant white clouds.
13. A photo taken from an altitude of 52 000 kilometers (32 000 miles). The oval shapes are cyclones, up to 1 000 kilometers (600 miles) in diameter.
14. A jet stream region of Jupiter’s northern hemisphere known as “JetN3”.
15. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and the enfolding stormy areas.
16. A violent storm on the southern edge of Jupiter’s northern polar region
17. Jupiter’s southern hemisphere in details, including the “String of Pearls”, which are eight huge storms rotating at 40 degrees south latitude
18. Two storms merging together
19. Juno on its 10th close flyby of the whirling south polar expanse of Jupiter
20. Whirling cloud belts in the southern hemisphere.
21. This is the nearest photograph taken of the Jovian clouds by Juno.
22. Complex clouds in the northern hemisphere of Jupiter.
23. A massive intense storm in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere on the 9th fly-by.
24. Incredible shapes in the northern hemisphere.
25. In the late afternoon, on the 19th of May 2017, at an altitude of 12 858 kilometers (7 990 miles), Juno photographed the entire south tropical zone of Jupiter. The clouds are about 50 kilometers (30 miles) wide and 50 kilometers (30 miles) high. They are believed to consist of water and/or ammonia ice and to be the sources of lightning on the planet.
26. White Oval A5, a swirling, oval white cloud in South South Temperate Belt. This phenomenon occurs when winds around the storm flow in the direction opposite to those of the flow around a region of low pressure.
27. The southern hemisphere, photographed on the 17th of February 2020.
28. The power of the jets and vortices in Jupiter’s North North Temperate Belt.
29. A fascinating observation of Jupiter.
30. A different view of the northern area of the north temperate belt and the twirling cloud formations.