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Giant Storms on Jupiter Captured By Incredible NASA Images Sent From Juno Spacecraft

With its host of science instruments, the mission of the Juno spacecraft—launched in 2011—is to “investigate the existence of a solid planetary core, map Jupiter’s intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere, and observe the planet’s auroras,” says the U.S. space agency.

This data will provide a huge leap forward into helping scientists understand how giant planets are formed.

It will also help them find out just what role giant planets played in putting the rest of our solar system together.

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That’s exciting stuff, and the images that have been released are mesmerizing.

Take a look at Jupiter’s swirling storms in the photos below.

These images were taken as raw data by ‘JunoCam’.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SWRI/MSSS/Brian Swift, CC license

Citizen scientist Brian Swift enhanced their colors and contrast to highlight storms.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SWRI/MSSS/Brian Swift, CC license

The images were captured 5,333 miles above Jupiter’s surface.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SWRI/MSSS/Brian Swift, CC license

Juno will complete its mission in September 2025, when it deorbits into the atmosphere of the Red Planet.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SWRI/MSSS/Brian Swift, CC license