Jupiter, the "king" of the planets in our solar system, is a hostile place you would not want to visit. The gas giant is a rotating mass of storms that stretch hundreds of miles deep, and the larger storms on the planet, like the Big Red Point, are large enough to swallow the Earth several times. No one knows what's deep on the planet, Jupiter is still one of NASA's favorite goals because it's so beautiful. Now, NASA is demonstrating a new, improved image cut off by the spacecraft, Juno, and that's a pure eye candy.
The image may look like a picture, but, as NASA explains in a new blog post, it's actually the result of three separate instant snapshots shot by Juno:
Juno has made the three images used to create a similar color view on February 12, 2019, between 9:59 pm PST (12:59 EST) and 10:39 pm PST (1:39 pm EST) when the spacecraft made the 17th Jupiter Science Pass. At the time the photos were taken, the spacecraft was between 16,700 miles (26,900 km) and 59,300 miles (95,400 km) above the peaks of Jupiter's clouds above the southern latitude of about 40 to 74 degrees. "JunoCam" images to a web portal where civilian scientists can apply enhancements that show extra detail. In this case, a citizen scientist named Kevin M. Gil spends some time thinking and the end result is the wonderful view you see above (full resolution here).
Juno has been invaluable for NASA for seven years in orbit Jupiter. The spacecraft taught scientists about the intense currents and storms of the planet and revealed that some of the most iconic features of the planet, such as the Great Red Spot, are gradually dying.
Juno's original mission lasted seven years, but as the spacecraft was still performing well, NASA has extended it since mid-2021