These Amazing New Pictures Of Jupiter Are The Perfect Weekend Treat

Jupiter's stunning southern hemisphere. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/ Seán Doran

Roll up, roll up. The weekend is nearly here, but before we let you go, you’re going to get a cavalcade of glorious Jupiter images as a wonderful treat.

Yes, on October 24 NASA’s Juno spacecraft completed its eighth close flyby of Jupiter, returning some stunning images to Earth like it always does – and no doubt some interesting science too.

On this pass, Juno came within 3,400 kilometers (2,100 miles) of the planet. The transfer of data to Earth was delayed somewhat, however, as our two planets were going through solar conjunction, with the Sun obscuring communications

Now the data is coming in, and citizen scientists have been hard at work processing some of the raw data into glorious vistas of the gas giant. The images include pictures of its storms, swirling patterns, poles, and even a snap of the volcanic moon Io.

Juno is scheduled for its next close flyby of Jupiter on December 16. Until then, you’ll have to make do with these images. And at least they’re rather impressive, eh.

Jupiter's north pole. NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt

 

Io, seen by Juno. NASA / JPL / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Justin Cowart

 

A temperature belt on Jupiter. NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt 

 

Jupiter's south pole. NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt

 

A sequence of images from the flyby. NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

 

NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

 

NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

 

NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

 

NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

 

NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

 

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Swirling patterns in the northern region of Jupiter. David Marriott/NASA

 

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NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

 

NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

 

NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

 

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