Tour Jupiter: Juno spacecraft providing 'unprecedented' info

Tour Jupiter: Juno spacecraft providing 'unprecedented' info

The agency provided that statement, along with some stunning new imagery of the planet, as part of a treasure trove of new findings gathered by the Juno spacecraft. The Juno spacecraft allows for photos to be captured with visible and infrared light, meaning scientists can get a more precise measure of the size and temperature of these cyclones, many of which are even wider than the entirety of the United States. The Cyclones have very violent winds, sometimes reaching a whopping speed of 350 kilometers per hour.

Unfortunately, 2018 will mark the previous year for Juno; researchers plan on performing a controlled deorbit for the spacecraft, sending it into Jupiter's atmosphere to disintegrate.

What is so different about Jupiter is that the planet is filled with enormous cyclones that are affected in ways that have never before been seen in our solar system. "Juno is only about one third the way through its primary mission, and already we are seeing the beginnings of a new Jupiter". Finally, and perhaps most remarkably, they are very close together and enduring.

The image captures the swirling cloud formations around the south pole of Jupiter, looking up toward the equatorial region.

The scientists said Jupiter's jet streams, related to the familiar stripes on its surface, plunge some 3,000 km (1,800 miles) below cloud level, and that its deep interior is comprised of a fluid hydrogen and helium mixture that rotates as if it were a solid body.

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Yohai Kaspi, co-author of the paper and a professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, who led the research said: "That is much more than anyone thought and more than what has been known from other planets in the Solar System".

And there's more. Another study using data from Juno's gravity measurements reveals that Jupiter's counterrotating stripes are a two-dimensional representation of a vast three-dimensional jet stream structure deep inside the planet, and these jets are deeply embedded within the planet's powerful gravitational field. "It's like going from a 2-D picture to a 3-D version in high definition". "There is nothing else like it that we know of in the solar system".

The depth of the Jupiter's zones and belts has been a mystery for the scientists at NASA since decades.

As for Juno, NASA now has plans to continue using the spacecraft to reveal more of Jupiter's secrets through at least July 2018. Jupiter's atmosphere takes up 1 per cent of its total mass - it might sound like a small proportion, but its huge compared to the Earth's atmosphere which is only a millionth of its total mass.

NASA's photo technology is rapidly advancing, allowing for scientific exploration that satisfies previously unanswerable questions about the mysterious outer space, and this information may just be "the key to understanding how other gas giant planets work".

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