NASA’s Juno mission reveals Jupiter’s ‘complex’ colors

Juno flew past Jupiter on July 5. Scientists created never-before-seen images with their important new information.


NASA ‘s Juno spacecraft has revealed the “complex” colors and cloud structure of Jupiter as it completed its 43rd close flyby of the giant planet, which took place on July 5, 2022.

Scientist Björn Jónsson created two images using raw data from the JunoCam instrument, which was on board the spacecraft.

At the time the raw image was taken, Juno was about 5,300 kilometers above Jupiter ‘s clouds , at a latitude of about 50 degrees, and was traveling at about 209,000 kilometers per hour relative to the planet.

Jupiter colors

The first image was processed to represent the approximate colors that the human eye would see from Juno ‘s point of view .

The second image is from the same raw data, but in this case, Jónsson digitally processed it to increase both color saturation and contrast to sharpen small-scale features and reduce noise.

NASA notes that this reveals some of the most “intriguing” aspects of Jupiter ‘s atmosphere , including the variation in color that results from different chemical composition, the three-dimensional nature of Jupiter ‘s spinning vortices, and the small, bright emerging clouds that They form in the highest parts of the atmosphere.