Looking at Jupiter’s southern hemisphere

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Jupiter's southern hemisphere

Cool image time! The image on the right, reduced to post here, shows Jupiter’s south pole and much of its southern hemisphere. It was taken during Juno’s last orbital fly-by of the gas giant’s cloud tops last week, and has been enhanced by Fevig-58, an ordinary citizen who downloaded the raw image and then uploaded his enhanced version to the Juno website.

It is definitely worthwhile taking a close look at the full resolution image. At the top its shows the horizontally banded Jupiter at equatorial- and mid-latitudes that has been that planet’s familiar face for centuries. In the middle is the transitional region from those horizontal bands to the chaotic polar regions. And at the bottom is the pole, where there the storms appear to follow no pattern and form a mish-mash.

One thing about Jupiter’s pole. It appears very different than Saturn’s. While I am certain they will find a vortex of some kind there, so far there is no indication of a coherent jet stream, as seen by Saturn’s hexagon. This once again demonstrates the one unbroken rule of planetary science that has been found with every planetary mission to every planetary body, whether they be pebbles, asteroids, dwarf planets, gas giants, or moons: Every single one of them is different and unique. They might fall into a single category, say gas giants, but each has its own unique features that make it different from every other member of that category.



  • eddie willers

    I wish Vincent van Gogh had seen this.

  • Dale Martin

    Pareidolia jackpot, Heronymus Bosche monsters from hell, shy virgin, three dwarfs against the wind, lounging Greek figures in the brown band, one with a fish tale….This is the best so far, and lot more fun that looking at rocks on Mars..Van Gogh would have loved this, it is really rich in imagery without Absinthe !!

  • wayne

    Good stuff.

    To paraphrase Sigmund Freud (or was it Groucho Marx?), “Sometimes a cigar, is just a cigar.”
    (With or without Absinthe.)

  • jburn

    Wow, I hear the roar of music and sound effects from the 2001: Space Odyssey, etc. Clarke, Kubrick, Van Gogh — all would have loved and struggled to grasp the magnitude of these images.

  • wayne

    First Science From Juno at Jupiter
    NASA teleconference Audio with Visuals

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