Skip to comments.Massive Beauty
Posted on 03/17/2020 7:24:53 PM PDT by BenLurkin
NASAs Juno mission captured this look at the southern hemisphere of Jupiter on Feb. 17, 2020, during the spacecrafts most recent close approach to the giant planet.
Not only is Jupiter the largest planet orbiting the Sun, it contains more than twice the amount of material of all other objects in the solar system combined including all the planets, moons, asteroids and comets. In composition, Jupiter resembles a star, and scientists estimate that if it had been at least 80 times more massive at its formation, it could have become a type of star called a red dwarf rather than a planet.
While the universes most common elements, hydrogen and helium, make up most of Jupiters mass, the striking clouds that are visible at the top of its atmosphere are composed mostly of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide.
This high-resolution view is a composite of four images captured by the JunoCam imager and assembled by citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill. The images were taken on Feb. 17, 2020, between 10:31 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. PST (1:31 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. EST). During that time, the spacecraft was between about 30,700 and 62,400 miles (49,500 and 100,400 kilometers) from the tops of the planets clouds, at latitudes between about 50 and 68 degrees South.
JunoCam's raw images are available for the public to peruse and process into image products at https://missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam/processing.
What makes it more beautiful is that it’s a round object without mushroom spikes sticking out all over the place!
In before the flat world believers!
Beautiful photo - thank you for posting.
Ping for tomorrow
What makes it more beautiful is that its a round object without mushroom spikes sticking out all over the place!
I'm glad I got to it before the first "massive" beauty pix of moochelle started showing up...
even though elongated a bit the Red spot is as big as earth itself
Jupiter is HUGE, HUGE, HUGE. But it’s a little sobering to realize that it would have had to have been 80 times more massive than it is in order to have been the tiniest type of star out there in the universe.
The feature in the middle looks like an evil giant millipede (with its eye at the top right).
Must be Jovian Warming.
As George would say......shrinkage!
Hey! That’s my Planet!
Symbolic Meanings of Jupiter:
A seriously weird planet, those gas giants.
Have is ever been established that there is any solid to them? Not that it would matter under all that poison atmosphere, just always wondered if there was any solid ground.
It’s hoarding all the matter!
“I coulda been a star. I coulda been somebody instead of a planet.”
Hey, I wondered where I put my marble.
Imagine if that massive planet exploded.
Earth wouldn’t know what hit it.
Compare popping an empty paper bag, with Earth being a nearby breadcrumb.
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