NASA’s Juno space probe has provided us with a wealth of information about the solar system’s largest planet. In particular, its JunoCam—which beams back photographs taken by the probe—has allowed the public to see incredible visuals of Jupiter. NASA has highlighted one image in particular from Juno’s 25th flyby of the planet, also known as a perijove. What stands out immediately are two thin lines that move up Jupiter from top to bottom.
Researchers have noticed these bands since Juno’s first close flyby in 2016. NASA describes them as “layers of haze particles that float above the underlying cloud features.” Though scientists aren’t exactly sure, their location may give us insight into what they’re made of and how they form. In this photograph, the lines are flanked by two jet streams in Jupiter’s atmosphere. Some researchers believe that these jet streams could influence the formation of the haze.
This photograph is one of many images processed from RAW data by the JunoCam. NASA publishes these photos regularly and allows the public to process them and post them back to NASA. Citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt, who worked on this image, regularly contributes and his excellent work helps transform the RAW images into visually pleasing work for the public.
In fact, another photo taken during perijove 25 is equally as stunning. Processed by Eichstädt and Seán Doran, another regular contributor, it shows a closeup detail of Jupiter’s swirling clouds. If you’re interested in seeing more finish photos or taking a stab at your own post-production, check out NASA’s dedicated Juno website.
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