Earlier this week, NASA unveiled a new three-dimensional video of the agency's Juno spacecraft documenting the intense storms
According to a NASA press release, the 80-second video contained infrared images of Juno's Jovian InfraRed Auroral Mapper (JIRAM), an instrument that has been described to accurately capture the light from the inner part of Jupiter, regardless of the time of day. Space.com added that the video was shot early last year, just as Juno was making one of his close encounters with the planet's North Pole at intervals of 53.5 days.
How to Watch The video showed a central cyclone at Jupiter's North Pole with eight circumpolar cyclones surrounding the polar vortex. Based on the data from the JIRAM instrument, which monitors the planet's weather about 30 to 45 miles below its cloud cap, the eight surrounding cyclones have diameters between 2,500 and 2,900 miles. While the storms look very similar to the lava in the video due to their intense red color, Space.com noted that viewers actually see strong, extremely cold air swirls, with the warmest parts estimated to be around 9 degrees Fahrenheit ( -1
"Before Juno, we could only guess what the poles of Jupiter would look like," read a statement by Juno Alberto Adriani from the Institute of Space Astronomy and Planetary Sciences in Rome.
"Now, with Juno flying over the poles, he allows the collection of infrared images on Jupiter's polar weather and its massive cyclones in unprecedented spatial resolution."
– Universe Toda y (@universetoday) April 13, 2018
The video was shown on Wednesday, April 11, at the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, Austria, but it was not just the storms on Jupiter's North Pol that were unveiled by Juno researchers at the event. According to the NASA press release, the scientists also presented an animated video describing the mechanisms behind the "dynamo", or engine, responsible for the magnetic field of Jupiter. This clip was described by Jack Connney, Juno's deputy project leader, as "the beginning of a new era" as scientists learn more about the inner workings of these dynamos.
Meanwhile, Juno is expected to make his twelfth flyby of Jupiter's North and South Pole on May 24, while team members continue to make scientific observations, revealing more secrets hiding the largest planet in our solar system. So far, the spaceship has logged nearly 122 million miles in the 11 previous science rounds since it entered the orbit of Jupiter two years ago.