Are you a fan of all things space and astrophotography? We’re sure Juno is currently one of your favorite photographers — or will now be. NASA has recently shared some JunoCam snaps from the spacecraft’s latest Jupiter flyby, and they’re all, literally and figuratively, out of this world.
The image above, color-enhanced by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran, was taken during Juno’s latest close flyby of Jupiter — or the 16th perijove — on October 29th, 2018. It features the magnificent swirling clouds located in the planet’s dynamic North North Temperate Belt. Aside from the several bright-white “pop-up” clouds, we also get a close look at an anticyclonic storm called a white oval.
Here are a few more stunning snaps from Juno’s latest flyby:
The raw images from JunoCam are available for public viewing and anyone who want to lend their creative style can process them into images then reupload for others to view. You can also filter the images you’re viewing to the original JunoCam images and the ones edited by the public.
Launched in August 2011, the Juno spacecraft arrived at Jupiter on July 5, 2016. Its first flyby happened on August 27, 2016 and the world has been following its perijoves ever since. Among the highlights is the spacecraft’s 7th perijove, which revealed some of the most spectacular images of Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot.
From the reconstructed JunoCam images, it’s possible to make time lapse videos like this amazing Great Red Spot flyby:
NASA also did their own mind-blowing take on what it’s like to fly into the Great Red Spot by combining a JunoCam image with computer-generated animation:
Lastly, here’s a video explaining how Juno’s camera works, to satisfy your curiosity: