NASA publishes photos of Jupiter's mysterious large red spot
A photo recently taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft shows Jupiter's clouds in its otherworldly beauty. It serves as one of the many reminders that the universe is a mysterious and majestic place.
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The universe is a fascinating place, and to call it that, a mere place, is perhaps a mistake, because it is not just a place. It is a cosmic hodgepodge of heat and cold, far and near, bright and dark, and everything in between.
It's vast, mysterious, and much of it humans will never fully understand, they will only try to guess it. But humans often see images like the one below that simply reveals what the universe has in store.
The photo shows jovial clouds in surprising blue tones, taken on October 24 by NASA's Juno spacecraft when they were only 11,747 miles, or 18,906 kilometers, away from the clouds on Jupiter. That is approximately the distance between New York City and Perth, Australia. Make sure you click on the link to see it in its full resolution.
It's literally from another world. Take a look:
Photo of Jupiter clouds or a painting?
Each pixel represents 7.75 miles / pixel, or 12 kilometers / pixel, which makes it a dazzling display of semi-whorls and dark and sinister patterns. In fact, it is so beautiful that without knowing that it is actually a picture of Jupiter, it could easily be mistaken for a newly discovered Vincent van Gogh painting. It looks like drops of vibrant oils in a puddle of water, showing how complex Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere is.
The climate of Jupiter has long been an intriguing subject. Your Great Red Spot, for example, is a mbadive storm that has been raging for 350 years, and will probably continue for a long time.
The northern hemisphere of Jupiter is shown above, with Juno almost three fifths of the way from the equator to its north pole. The photo was taken during the ninth overflight of the spacecraft. It is a wonderful exhibit, in large part because the weather was perfect: at the time of the capture, the Juno-Jupiter-Sun angle, according to NASA, paved the way for higher-altitude clouds to cast shadows in their surroundings.
The behavior is more easily observable in the whiter regions of the image, but also in some isolated spots in the lower and right areas of the image, "NASA said.
NASA provided the photo through the site of hosting JunoCam images, which was then processed by some scientists who improved parts of the image and applied color enhancements as well.The result is an impressive and beautiful example of things in the universe beyond explanation.
Make this photo is a daily reminder that beauty comes in all kinds of places, even those that are unattainable and inaccessible.
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