NASA publishes an incredible image of Jupiter that "looks a lot like Earth"


Our beautiful planet is a huge ball of rock and metal covered with oceans conducive to life and vast masses of land.

Jupiter, meanwhile, is a mysterious 'gas giant' wrapped in clouds that may not even have a surface on which humans can stand.

These two worlds may seem totally different, but NASA has just released images showing that some processes work the same way on both planets.

"By interpreting what we see elsewhere in the solar system and in the universe, we are still comparing phenomena we already know on Earth," said Norman Kuring of the Nasa Goddard Space Flight Center.

This photo shows a proliferation of plankton in the Baltic Sea (Image: Nasa)

"We work from the familiar to the unknown."

You may not immediately notice the similarity between the Earth and the gas giant Jupiter.

But what NASA points out are "whirlwinds" in Jupiter's atmosphere that look like whirlwinds in the Baltic Sea.

The "flow of fluids on both planets is governed by the same laws of physics," explained NASA, which means "a swirl on Earth looks a lot like a swirl on Jupiter".

A breathtaking view of Jupiter captured by the Juno probe (Image: Nasa)

"These are fluids circulating on a rotating body," added Kuring.

"All the complexity comes from beauty, whether it's images of Earth, Jupiter or your cup of coffee when you pour the cream"

Jupiter is thought to have three layers of clouds, the outermost being represented in the image of NASA.

The photo of the Earth shows a proliferation of phytoplankton reen "tracing the edges of a vortex in the Baltic Sea".

NASA has stated that "very different planets display similar patterns" because they are "governed by the same laws of physics".


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