NASA’s 1 billion dollar spacecraft, Juno, completed its 10th orbit of Jupiter on December 16, during which it took a number of images that look like cosmic paintings.
The robot travels at 209,000 kmh (130,000 mph) around the planet, taking photos every 53 days or so with its JunoCam. It takes days or weeks for NASA to receive the images, but who cares when what they get is this?
Yep, that’s Jupiter. Full of thousands-of-miles-wide storms and swirling, textured blue clouds that one could easily mistake for marble art.
NASA researchers and the Southwest Research Institute uploaded the image data to their websites in late December. Since then, dozens of people have processed the raw black-and-white pictures and transformed them into colour-corrected images, ready for posters and calendars.
— Seán Doran (@_TheSeaning) December 22, 2017
Some Juno fans have even processed animations out of the raw image data, which are so incredibly well done it looks as if they’re the raw data themselves. Take a look:
Some of the storms seen in the images are larger than Earth’s diameter. The Great Red Spot (not pictured above) is an anti-cyclone that has been raging for at least 350 years, is 1.3 times wider than Earth, and reaches speeds of up to 618 kmh (384 mph).