Jupiter’s Atmosphere

Jupiter’s atmosphere is fascinatingly complex and stunningly beautiful. This close-up from the Juno spacecraft shows a region called STB Spectre, located in Jupiter’s South Temperate Belt. The bluish area to the right is a long-lived storm that’s bordering on very different atmospheric conditions to the left. Shear from these storms moving past one another creates many of the curling waves we see in the image. These are examples of the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, which generates ocean waves here on Earth, creates spectacular clouds in our atmosphere, and is even responsible for waves in galaxy clusters. Check out some of the other amazing images Juno has sent back of our solar system’s largest planet. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/R. Tkachenko; via Gizmodo)

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