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NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots A Dolphin Swimming Through Jupiter's Clouds


Jonathan O'Callaghan

Senior Staff Writer


Can you see it? NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Brian Swift / Seán Doran

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has captured amazing images of what looks like a dolphin moving through the clouds of Jupiter.

The images were captured in late October, when Juno was performing its 16th close flyby of the gas giant. It came as close as 7,000 kilometers (4,400 miles) to the planet, and captured this rather amazing view in the process.


As you can see, the sequence of images makes it almost look like the dolphin is swimming through the clouds of Jupiter. The resemblance is actually pretty uncanny, right? Like, it really does look just like a dolphin. It’s pretty cool.

While the image was captured by Juno, it was processed by visual artist Seán Doran. He posted the images on his Twitter account, sparking plenty of interest. If you need help finding the animal, look towards the bottom middle in the first image.


In the replies, some people thought it actually looked a bit like a killer whale. But we’d have to agree with Doran and go for the dolphin moniker. He said the feature was at least the size of Earth.

So the next time someone tells you space is boring, just let them know there’s a planet-sized dolphin swimming through the clouds of Jupiter. So long, and thanks for all the fish, buddy.  


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