Nasa shares Jupiter’s roses: A cosmic bouquet

Nasa shares Jupiter’s Roses
Nasa shares Jupiter’s Roses

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had shared an adorable image of Jupiter. The image shared by NASA at Instagram shows “Rose” like structures, but the real fact is that those “Rose” like structures are cyclones on Jupiter’s north pole.

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Not actual roses, these are in fact cyclones on Jupiter’s north pole. These swirls of striking colours in this extreme false-colour are a rendering of an image from our Juno mission. The huge, persistent cyclone found at Jupiter’s north pole is visible at the centre of the image, encircled by smaller cyclones that range in size from 2,500 to 2,900 miles (4,000 to 4,600 kilometres). Together, this pattern of storms covers an area that would dwarf the Earth.⁣

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⁣Citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt made this composite image using data obtained by the JunoCam instrument during four of the Juno spacecraft’s close passes by Jupiter, which took place between Feb. 17, 2020, and July 25, 2020. The greatly exaggerated colour is partially a result of combining many individual images to create this view -NASA detailed.

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JunoCam (or JCM) is the visible-light camera or telescope of the Juno Jupiter orbiter, a NASA space probe launched to the planet Jupiter on 5 August 2011. It was built by Malin Space Science Systems. The telescope-camera has a field of view of 58 degrees with four filters (3 for visible light).  The camera is run by the JunoCam Digital Electronics Assembly (JDEA) also made by MSSS. It takes a swath of imaging as the spacecraft rotates; the camera is fixed to the spacecraft so as it rotates, it gets one sweep of observation.