2017 November 28
Juno Spots a Complex Storm on Jupiter
Gerald Eichstädt &
Some storms on Jupiter are quite complex.
The swirling storm was captured late last month by the NASA's robotic
Juno spacecraft currently orbiting the
Solar System's largest planet.
spans about 30,000 kilometers, making this storm system just about as wide as planet Earth.
The disturbance rotates counter-clockwise and shows a
cloud pattern that includes light-colored
thought to be composed predominantly of
are the highest up and even cast
discernable shadows toward the right.
will continue to orbit and probe Jupiter over the next few years as it tries to
return data that help us to
better understand Jupiter's atmospheric water abundance and if the planet has a
solid surface underneath
these fascinating clouds.