Phenomena

Jovian Poles

NASA’s Juno mission has been revealing a side of Jupiter we’ve never seen before. We all recognize the familiar stripes of the planet’s cloud bands, but its poles are entirely different. Unlike Saturn with its hexagonal polar vortex, Jupiter’s poles are a swirling tapestry of turbulent vortices – full of features that citizen scientists are helping to reveal. All of the images in this post were created by citizen scientists helping to process raw images from Juno, and you can contribute, too! The Juno mission solicits input from the public on where and what should be imaged, in addition to providing raw images individuals can process and repost. Check it out at the JunoCam website and become part of the science! (Image credits: All images – NASA/SwRI/MSSS + R. Tkachenko, Orion76; A. Mai)

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