Fall 2023 Best of Web – Sam Lippincott

Fall 2023 Best of Web – Sam Lippincott

Imaged by NASA Juno Mission, enhanced by Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran

The swirling clouds of Jupiter’s atmosphere is one of the best demonstrations of convective flow in our Solar System.

This image, taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft, and enhanced by Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran, displays Jupiter’s North North Temperate Belt as well as several white “pop-up” clouds and an anticyclonic storm. Jupiter’s signature belts are driven by Jupiter’s fast rotation, creating strong jet streams running opposing East-West directions. The opposing jet streams circulate columns of sulfur and phosphorus-containing gases, rising from the planet’s heated depths, falling as it cools at the surface, mixing with ammonia ice at the visible surface. This mixing of gases is what gives Jupiter it’s signature dynamic colors.

Juno was launched August 5, 2011 with the objective of shedding light on Jupiter’s origin and evolution, probing into the giant’s gaseous depths, and contributing to telling the story of other gas giants throughout the universe. Since it’s launch, Juno has already made discoveries about Jupiter’s interior structure, internal magnetic field, atmosphere, and magnetosphere.

The image was taken at 4:58 p.m. EDT on Oct. 29, 2018 on Juno’s 16th close flyby of Jupiter. For more information about the image visit the post.

For more information about Jupiter’s atmosphere visit Nasa’s page on the planet, for more information on the Juno Mission visit the Mission’s overview page.

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  • Riley Menke
    Sep 13, 2023 11:40

    First Place,

    I really love the scale of this image and how it didn’t loose detail in the process. I also enjoyed how this picture changed my perspective of how fluid properties and interactions can shape our universe.

  • Sheen Steinbarth
    Sep 13, 2023 09:14

    1st place – I simply love the blend of the colors. This photo puts me in my place within this universe.

  • Greg Kornguth
    Sep 11, 2023 19:39

    Second Prize. It’s so cool to see all of the swirls and currents in Jupiter’s atmosphere, and it just feels like I can see the clouds moving even though it’s a still image.

  • Cameron Sprenger
    Sep 11, 2023 12:20

    Second place. I might be bias towards fluid flow in space, but every time I see the structures in our solar system and galaxy I am blown away by how pretty it is.

  • Hannah DelGuercio
    Sep 9, 2023 16:22

    Third Prize

    I like how all the colors blend together and how you can flow where the storm/clouds are travelling. I also appreciate the Juno facts.


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