(CNN) – No, it's not Vincent van Gogh's "Nuit étoilée" painting, but the excitement is quite convincing. NASA's Juno spacecraft has sent back pretty new photos of Jupiter that give all post-impressionist feelings.
Jupiter is quite dramatic, in case you forget the Great Red Spot, the perpetual storm of the gas giant. It's partly for this reason that Juno's continuous flow of images since his arrival at Jupiter in 2016 is so amazing.
In the new images, the atmospheric characteristics of the northern hemisphere of Jupiter depict clouds circling a circle in a region called Jet N6.
Juno took the picture 8000 miles from the top of the clouds during his 18th flight over Pluto on February 12th.
The image has been enhanced and rotated by citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill. If you're wondering what the raw images look like when Juno captures them, you can browse them and use them yourself. And then you can create your own art inspired by swirls, stars and extraordinary.
During the flyover, Juno had all the instruments in his attention as he flew over the Great Red Spot to determine if he was linked to a giant spiral storm just below and if it had a mass any.
A total of 32 flybys are planned, so Juno is just starting the second half of its flybys.
"We have already rewritten the textbooks on how Jupiter's atmosphere works and the complexity and asymmetry of its magnetic field," said Scott Bolton, Juno Principal Investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. "The second half should provide the details we can use to refine our understanding of the depth of Jupiter's zonal winds, the generation of its magnetic field, as well as the structure and evolution of its interior."
In June, NASA approved an additional 41 months in orbit in order for Juno to meet its scientific objectives. The mission is funded until 2022, when it will end.
The mission was to study the origin and evolution of the gas giant and better understand the beginnings of our solar system. This involves determining the characteristics of the planet's atmosphere and magnetosphere, learning about the formation of the planet, and studying magnetic and gravity fields to better understand the deep structure of Jupiter.
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