NASA Releases Amazing New High-Definition Photos of Jupiter

July 8, 2020 at 5:29 am

High-resolution space photography gives us the clearest view of Jupiter yet, and it’s beautiful!

After four years and nearly 500 million miles of traveling, NASA’s spacecraft Juno finally reached Jupiter’s atmosphere in 2016 and has been taking awesome photos ever since.

Over the last few months, the space probe has made several close “flybys” past the planet, enabling its high-resolution cameras to snap some of the coolest images yet.

This close-up of Jupiter’s stormy Great Red Spot was posted to NASA’s website July 1, taken on Juno’s 27th “close flyby” of the planet:

On the spacecraft’s 26th flyby in April, it captured the following image of these elaborate atmospheric jets or “pop-up” clouds from about 5000 miles away:

This image is a composite of four photos taken between 30,000 and 60,000 feet from Jupiter in February, giving us a broader view of the gas giant:

In this shot the JunoCam caught two storms (white ovals) merging in December, 2019:

This image of Jupiter’s equator was taken in 2017, but wasn’t published on NASA’s website until February, 2020:

This composite, false-color infrared image taken in 2017 reveals haze particles over a range of altitudes, as seen in reflected sunlight:

And finally, this amazing shot of Jupiter’s South Pole from 2017: