Our favorite space probe is at it again. As The Daily Dot reports, Juno sent more photos of Jupiter, and they are absolutely stunning. If you’ve been following Juno on Twitter (if not, you’re *so* missing out), the NASA probe entered Jupiter’s orbit last July after a 5-year, 1.7 billion-mile space voyage finally brought it to the large, gassy planet’s magnetic field.
Before Juno cozied up to the solar system’s largest planet last summer, NASA had yet to see how Jupiter’s poles looked. However, all that changed in August when the probe sent back images of both the north and south poles that revealed never-before-seen warm and hot spots.
Those images had the science world and space geeks alike overwhelmed with excitement, and the glimpses of Jupiter from Juno’s latest flyby are equally spectacular.
This photo of Jupiter’s massive swirling pearl storm was taken about 12,400 miles from the planet.
Titled “Dark Spot,” this photo shows a swirling mass of Jupiterian storms and was snapped 9,000 miles above the planet’s clouds.
As you can see, these Jupiter snapshots are literal works of art.
Here’s another stunning look at the “string of pearls,” which are eight rotating storms on the planet’s surface.
Additionally, NASA invites the public to take the raw images and process the details, an opportunity many astronomy enthusiasts have already taken advantage of.
This “citizen scientist-created” image shows us what stormy weather looks like on Jupiter:
Simply gorgeous. Juno’s next Jupiter flyby takes place on May 19, and we absolutely cannot wait to see more beautiful close-up shots from the voyage.