tech2 News StaffDec 15, 2016 08:50:24 IST
The turbulent Jovian atmosphere has other noticeable features apart from the Great Red Spot. The Juno spacecraft in orbit around the gas giant has captured an image of a massive storm, one of eight currently visible on Jupiter. The storms together make up a formation known as the "string of pearls."
The storms vary in number from six to nine, and are spread over the southern hemisphere of Jupiter. The feature was captured on the visible light camera on board Juno, known as the JunoCam. JunoCam was included as a payload on the spacecraft for increasing public engagement with Nasa missions. Although the images captured from JunoCam accentuate the efforts of scientists, the camera is not strictly considered a scientific instrument.
Juno was at a distance of 24,600 kilometers from Jupiter when the image was captured. Juno is part of the New Frontiers mission, and the spacecraft was built by Lockheed Martin. The images from Juno follows close on the heels of a series of exciting images beamed back from another Nasa orbiter around a gas giant in the outer solar system. Cassini, in orbit around Saturn, has recently sent back images of the hexagonal jet stream around the north pole of Saturn, as well as the tiny moon Daphnis causing ripples in the ring system around Saturn.
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