NASA has revealed its impressive sight since its Juno space probe this weekend, and saying that space enthusiasts were impressed would be an understatement.
"The dramatic atmospheric characteristics of # Jupiter's northern hemisphere are captured in this image of my last flyby," NASA wrote in a statement dated Feb. 22. tweet, sharing a photo of the swirling clouds of Jupiter. The picture was taken in the morning of February 12 during the 18th flight of the gas giant.
Photography has stunned space enthusiasts, who once again commented on the fascinating colors of the planet. Dozens have compared the northern hemisphere of Jupiter to a work of art.
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"It's a Monet!" A Twitter user is exclaimed.
"Van Gogh, is it you?" another asked, referring to the famous Dutch painter.
"This part reminds me of a child in the womb and all that revolves around him in the waking world," observed a third.
Juno was about 12,000 km from the peaks of Jupiter's clouds when the image was captured, NASA said in a statement.
"The new perspective shows swirling clouds surrounding a circular entity in a jet stream region called" Jet N6, "the space agency added.
A "dragon eye", a "squid" and "dolphins" are among the "creatures" that social media users have spotted around Jupiter during Juno's mission. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory frequently releases batches of new images as the satellite circles the gas giant.
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Juno marked the "midway point" of his mission on December 21st.
"Juno is in a highly elliptical 53-day orbit around Jupiter," NASA said in a December 12 press release. "Each orbit includes a narrow passage above the cloud cloud of the planet, where it follows a ground track that extends from the north pole of Jupiter to its south pole."
NASA's Juno spacecraft was launched on August 5, 2011 and arrived at Jupiter five years later – in July 2016. Juno's mission is scheduled to be completed in July 2021 after its trajectory around Jupiter.
"Juno's main goal is to understand the origin and the evolution of Jupiter." Under its dense cloud cover, Jupiter protects the secrets of the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation.As a first example of planet provide essential knowledge to understand the planetary systems discovered around other stars ", describes NASA on its website.
As the spacecraft continues to explore the fifth planet from the Sun, space enthusiasts should expect to see even more amazing images.