NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Beams Back The Sharpest Images Of Jupiter—Ever

NASA's Juno probe performed its 43rd close flyby of Jupiter on July 5, 2022, analyzing the intricate hues and structure of the giant planet's clouds.

These two photos were generated by citizen scientist Björn Jónsson using raw data from the JunoCam instrument aboard the spacecraft. When the raw photograph was acquired, Juno was roughly 3,300 miles (5,300 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloud tops at a latitude of about 50 degrees. The north is rising. At the moment, the spacecraft was flying at around 130,000 mph (209,000 kilometers per hour) relative to the earth.

The first image (on the left) was altered to depict the colors seen by the human eye from Juno's vantage point. Jónsson digitally altered the second image (right) to boost color saturation and contrast, sharpen small-scale features, and minimize compression artefacts and noise that are frequent in raw photographs. This vividly exposes some of Jupiter's most remarkable features, including color variation due by changes in chemical composition, the three-dimensional character of Jupiter's swirling vortices, and the little, bright "pop-up" clouds that occur in the upper atmosphere.

The raw photos from JunoCam are available for viewing and processing into image products at NASA citizen science information can be found at and

Juno can be found at and More information about this discovery and other scientific findings may be found at

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