Check Out NASA’s Stunning New Images of Jupiter

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There’s just something about pictures from space that make us stop in wonder at all that’s out there – more than we’ll ever realize, in all likelihood.

I think that feeling of feeling small and in awe and definitely as if there’s something bigger than ourselves is one of the reasons we love images like these latest of Jupiter so much.

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Jupiter: King of the planets 👑 Jupiter, the largest planet orbiting the Sun, 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, the gas giant 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. 📸: @NASAJuno Spacecraft Image credits: NASA JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣ Image processing by Kevin M. Gill, © CC BY 3.0. #jupiter #nasa #solarsystem #planet

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Jupiter, a huge, gaseous planet with a stormy, beautiful atmosphere, is around 484 million miles from earth.

When NASA’s Juno spacecraft made a “close” swing by Jupiter – a mere 15,610 miles above the clouds – it captured and sent back these amazing images.

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Up for some virtual cloud watching? ☁️ ⁣ ⁣ What do you see in Jupiter's hazy atmosphere? ⁣ ⁣ Our @NASAJuno mission captured this look at the planet’s thunderous northern region during the spacecraft’s close approach to the planet on Feb. 17, 2020. ⁣ ⁣ Some notable features in this view are the long, thin bands that run through the center of the image from top to bottom. Juno has observed these long streaks since its first close pass by Jupiter in 2016. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credits: Image data: NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS⁣ Image Processing: Citizen Scientist Eichstädt⁣ ⁣ #CloudWatching #NASA #Jupiter #SolarSytem #Hazy ⁣

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Scientists have been particularly enthralled by the thin, hazy bands amid the storm clouds, that run from  the top to the bottom of the image.

NASA wrote that “scientists don’t yet know exactly what these hazes are made of or how they form,” about the particles floating above the clouds.

You can see all of the images that were captured and shared here.

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This view from @NASAJuno reveals something remarkable: two storms caught in the act of merging. ⁣ ⁣ The two white ovals seen within the orange-colored band left of center are anticyclonic storms — that is, storms that rotate counter-clockwise. The larger of the two ovals has been tracked for many years, as it grew in size through mergers with other anticyclonic white ovals. JunoCam was fortunate to capture this new merger, which typically takes place over the course of only a few days. ⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS. Image processing by Tanya Oleksuik, © CC BY⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Storms #Jupiter #Juno⁣

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It’s a cool reminder of how small we are and how much is still out there to be discovered – and that goes even for the planets we already know something about.

I don’t know why, but there’s something comforting about the idea that there’s always going to be something to learn, something to discover. The thought of knowing everything, of there being no new frontiers, is a bit unsettling (is it because I’m American? Maybe?).

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🔎 ☁️ Zoom in to Jupiter's clouds with our @NASAJuno mission! ⁣ ⁣ This image was taken by the spacecraft as it flew just 3,200 miles (5,200 km) from the giant planet's northern latitudes during a close flyby on Nov. 3, 2019. Small pop-up storms can also be seen rising above the lighter areas of the clouds, most noticeably on the right side of the image. ⁣ ⁣ Citizen scientist Björn Jónsson created this image using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager.⁣ ⁣ #jupiter #juno #nasa #clouds #storms #closeup

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What do you think of these images? Any guesses as to what we’re looking at here?

I think Jupiter might be my new favorite planet!