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Unusual Jupiter clouds shown in 3D

Frosty Clouds on Jupiter
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Scientists have presented images of the surface of Jupiter in 3D format, created on the basis of data from the JunoCam camera. She is aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft, which has been orbiting the planet since 2016.

By information Phys.org, images were taken during his 43rd close flyby of Jupiter. The data were obtained at an altitude of 13536.3 km above the upper limit of the clouds of the planet. As a general rule, brighter cloud tops correlate with higher cloud heights, but there are exceptions.

The images show whirlpool-shaped clouds with many peaks. They “resemble icing on the surface of a cupcake,” the publication notes.

The Juno mission gives scientists the opportunity to observe Jupiter in a way that is virtually inaccessible to ground-based telescopic observations. Using a variety of options for how clouds reflect and scatter sunlight, the team was able to accurately determine the height of the peaks observed.

Understanding the height of the peaks within the curls will help scientists unravel the elements that make them up in greater detail. “Based on theoretical models, it is expected that clouds will consist of various chemical compounds, ammonia, ammonium hydrosulfide and water ice,” the scientists said.

In July of this year, amid a flurry of first images from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a NASA team published images of Jupitermade while testing the JWST tools. As the astronomers explained, the images show the planet itself, its ring and three moons. In one of the images, the shadow of Europa is visible – just to the left of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

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