The Juno spacecraft captured image when the spacecraft was only 11,747 miles (18,906 kilometres) from the tops of Jupiter’s clouds.
See Jovian clouds in striking shades of blue in this new view taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.
The Juno spacecraft captured this image when the spacecraft was only 11,747 miles (18,906 kilometres) from the tops of Jupiter’s clouds — that’s roughly as far as the distance between New York City and Perth, Australia.
The colour-enhanced image, which captures a cloud system in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere, was taken on Oct. 24, 2017, at 10:24 a.m. PDT (1:24 p.m. EDT) when Juno was at a latitude of 57.57 degrees (nearly three-fifths of the way from Jupiter’s equator to its north pole) and performing its ninth close flyby of the gas giant planet.
The spatial scale in this image is 7.75 miles/pixel (12.5 kilometres/pixel). Because of the Juno-Jupiter-Sun angle when the spacecraft captured this image, the higher-altitude clouds can be seen casting shadows on their surroundings.
The behaviour is most easily observable in the whitest regions in the image, but also in a few isolated spots in both the bottom and right areas of the image. Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran processed this image using data from the JunoCam imager.
JunoCam's raw images are available for the public to peruse and process into image products here.