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The Juno spacecraft continues to send back incredible photos of Jupiter’s atmosphere. This video animates images from the sixth close pass of Jupiter to give you a sense of what Juno sees as it swoops by our system’s largest planet. The trajectory passes from the north pole to the south, showing Jupiter’s whitish zones, dark belts, and massive storms. Up close Jupiter looks like an Impressionist painting, all vortices and shear instabilities. The large white spots you see are enormous counterclockwise rotating vortices known as anticyclones – many of them larger than our entire planet. (Video credit: NASA / SwRI / MSSS / G. Eichstädt / S. Doran)

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