Saturday September 03, 2016

Jupiter’s North Pole Unlike Anything Encountered In Solar System

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has given us a beautiful picture of our system’s largest planet. The gas giant, apparently, has storm systems and weather activity that are entirely unique.

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Juno successfully executed the first of 36 orbital flybys on Aug. 27 when the spacecraft came about 2,500 miles (4,200 kilometers) above Jupiter’s swirling clouds. The download of six megabytes of data collected during the six-hour transit, from above Jupiter’s north pole to below its south pole, took one-and-a-half days. While analysis of this first data collection is ongoing, some unique discoveries have already made themselves visible.