Best of Web// Jillian Weber

Best of Web// Jillian Weber

This image of Jupiter, taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft on October 29th, 2018, displays the North North Temperate Belt (located north of the North Temperate Belt) and a large white oval anticyclonic storm. This image was created via data from the JunoCam by Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran, and color-enhanced to emphasize the contrast and dynamics of the atmosphere. The swirling masses exhibit the interaction between the varying chemicals, temperatures, and cloud elevations within the counter-rotating bands of Jupiter, and the resulting chaotic cyclonic and anticyclonic cloud behavior around low and high pressure nodes respectively. Not only does this image supplement the ongoing journey to create a fundamental scientific understanding of the creation and behavior of Jupiter and other gas giants, it is undeniably beautiful. The colorful compounds are reminiscent of the diffusion of paint water or coffee creamer, offering an interesting artistic perspective of small-scale and large scale fluid dynamics.

Eichstädt , Gerald, and Seán Doran. “Jupiter’s Magnificent Swirling Clouds.” NASA, NASA, 8 July 2020,

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  • Bryan Wong
    Sep 28, 2020 13:04

    This is my first choice. I think this picture is extremely beautiful and surprises me that this is a real thing.

  • John Shanley
    Sep 18, 2020 12:51

    This is my number 1 choice for best of web the color variance is wide but well brought together

  • Abdul Dawlatzai
    Sep 17, 2020 11:02

    First Prize. I love the colors used in the image, has an outerspace vibe going.

  • David Kuchta
    Sep 16, 2020 21:26

    2nd choice for me! This image is so beautiful it’s hard to believe it’s a real, natural phenomenon; the highlights and shadows almost make it look like a painting. Trying to wrap my head around the science driving all the colors/fluid flow in this shot makes me curious about gas giants and outer space in general.

  • Edgar Palma
    Sep 16, 2020 20:42

    This is my third choice. I find it really cool that we can see the fluid dynamics this clearly on different planet! I also really enjoyed reading about this.

  • This is my 3rd choice for best of Web. I like the picture because it reminds us that while fluid dynamics are not an earthly phenomena, they are also a universal occurrence, and we can find fluid dynamics everywhere.

  • Alex Smith
    Sep 16, 2020 11:14

    This is my 1st choice for Best of Web. What I love most about this image is that it’s natural, real-life fluids physics being captured here. At first glance the patterns are so well defined and the scale so massive that it almost takes effort to imagine it’s real. But the deeper I stare at the image knowing that all those currents and vortices are actually occurring right now the more awe inspiring it is to look at. Thanks JunoCam and Jillian for sharing.

  • Olivia Ward
    Sep 15, 2020 20:18

    This is my second choice! The fluid dynamics are super cool both to look at and to read about.

  • Hannah Moller
    Sep 15, 2020 19:18

    This is my third choice for Best of Wed. This is a wonderful image picturing the the surface of Jupiter taken by Juno. All the fluid dynamics seen in this photo is a fascinating to read about and is something I am sure will continue to be studied.

  • Taylor Ellis
    Sep 15, 2020 13:48

    Second prize for BOW. This is a really great image captured from Juno! Super cool to read all about the fluid dynamics that are causing such beautiful colors and action in this shot.

  • Stella Newman
    Sep 14, 2020 13:42

    This is my number 1 choice for “Best of the Web”. I think this is the best image because it incorporates the flow of so many elements and does so in a clear way. I also appreciate the physics behind this image.


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