August 8, 2022

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The hypnotic vortices of Jupiter seen by the Juno probe – space and astronomy

New amazing pictures dehypnotics Jupiter’s swirlsare the new shots made by the probe Juno deNASA during the last flight deThe gas giant that happened on July 5, 2022. Hmm decolor cuts dehuge storms They are present in the Arctic and characterize the Jovian atmosphere.

Juno was launched in 2011, and reached the gas giant after five years and now, after an extension deThe mission, which was supposed to end in 2021, is in an orbit so elliptical that it touches the Jovian atmosphere every 43 days, flying over the planet at an altitude of 5,000 km.

The new images were taken on the fifth of last July, while the probe was in place 25000 kmIt reveals a lot detcuts deStorms arrive aaltitude of about 50 km. These are vortices hundreds of kilometers in diameter and characterized by different colors depending on the direction of rotation.

Swirls in Jupiter’s atmosphere seen by the Juno probe (Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS Image processing by Brian Swift © CC BY)

The probe also has two important types on board Italian scientific instrumentsinfrared spectrophotometer, jiramknown as Leonardo Under scientific responsibility deNational Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), the radio science instrument ka tIt was created by Thales Alenia Space and coordinated by the Sapienza University of Rome. To catalog the many images of vortices and storms produced to date, NASA has developed the Jovian Vortex Hunter Project that everyone can, voluntarily, contribute to cataloging. Over 2,400 volunteers have already categorized over 375,000 photos.

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