This is what Jupiter’s ‘beautiful and violent atmosphere’ looks like in 3D

NASA’s Juno probe has captured a deeper picture of Jupiter’s atmosphere.

Scientists have developed the first three-dimensional look at Jupiter’s atmospheric layer, which shows the mechanics behind the planet’s turbulence in more detail. The results examine the internal function of the belts and zones of clouds orbiting the planet, along with its polar cyclones and its large red spot.

“These new observations from Juno open up a treasure trove of new information about Jupiter’s enigmatic observable features,” Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, said in a statement. “Each paper sheds light on different aspects of the planet’s atmospheric processes – a wonderful example of how our internationally diverse science team is strengthening our understanding of our solar system.”

NASA’s Juno spacecraft first came into orbit in 2016. Since then, the probe has orbited the planet 37 times using several specialized instruments to explore under Jupiter’s clouds on each round.

“In the past, Juno surprised us with hints that phenomena in Jupiter’s atmosphere went deeper than expected,” said Juno Chief Investigator Scott Bolton. “Now we begin to put all these individual pieces together and get our first real understanding of how Jupiter’s beautiful and violent atmosphere works – in 3D.”

Juno’s microwave radiometer (MWR) allows missionary scientists to look under the planet’s clouds and whirlwinds, the most famous of which is the Great Red Spot. The results indicate that the cyclones are warmer towards the top, with lower atmospheric densities, and that they are colder at the bottom, where there is a higher density.

Take a look at NASA’s latest results in the video above.

Elsewhere, Nikon has unveiled its 45.7-megapixel flagship Z 9 mirrorless camera.

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