Are you prepared to be fascinated? Well, if not, sorry, because the Juno Spacecraft from NASA has just released the very first awe-inspiring images of Juipiter’s poles. We have sent crafts to Jupiter before…but none have given us such amazing images.
These images were given at the end of last week, after Juno did the first of its 36 flybys of Jupiter on August 27th. Juno got closer to Jupiter than any other spaceship before it, getting as near as 2,500 miles from the surface.
The first flyby lasted roughly 6 hours and was the first time any scientific instruments have been used to study Jupiter in this much detail. This close flyby revealed a north pole with a blueish tinge, which was unexpected.
In addition, stormy weather was glimpsed, while Juno captured the gorgeous Aurora on Jupiters South Pole
“First glimpse of Jupiter’s north pole, and it looks like nothing we have seen or imagined before,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “It’s bluer in color up there than other parts of the planet, and there are a lot of storms.”
The Image of the South pole’s aurora was taken with the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper. Due to the orientation of Jupiter with respect to Earth, it simply isn’t possible to see these events from our planet.
Juno will continue to swing past Jupiter in orbit until February 2018, when it will be sent to burn in the atmosphere. You can rest assured that there will be more fascinating images from Juno before the time.
Want to have a say in what gets photographed? From Nov 2016, you will be able to vote on where Juno should point its cameras next.