These Stunning Images of Jupiter Will Blow Your Mind

Jaw-dropping. The images are so beautiful.

The stunning footage captured by NASA’s Juno Spacecraft was recently released as the mission reaches its halfway point.

The incredible images show massive whirlpools of clods soaring above the planet as the probe successfully completes is 16th pass around the gas giant.

From left to right, this sequence of images was taken between 2:57 a.m. and 3:36 a.m. PDT (5:57 a.m. and 6:36 a.m. EDT) on April 1, 2018, as the spacecraft performed its 12th close flyby of Jupiter. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran.
From left to right, this sequence of images was taken between 2:57 a.m. and 3:36 a.m. PDT (5:57 a.m. and 6:36 a.m. EDT) on April 1, 2018, as the spacecraft, performed its 12th close flyby of Jupiter. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran.

The spacecraft is currently in a highly-elliptical, 53-day orbit around the gas giant, and it offers us an unprecedented view of Jupiter’s fascinating atmospheric phenomena.

While Juno orbits the planet and snaps a plethora of mind-bending images, the spacecraft’s instruments are busy peeking deep beneath the planet’s cloud cover studying not only the planet’s auroras, but helping us understand how Jupiter came into existence, what it looks like from inside, and what the gas Giants atmosphere and magnetosphere are like.

his mosaic combines color-enhanced images taken over Jupiter's north pole during Juno's perijove 12 approach on April 1, 2018. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/John Rogers.
his mosaic combines color-enhanced images taken over Jupiter’s north pole during Juno’s perijove 12 approach on April 1, 2018. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/John Rogers.

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