NASA’s Juno spaceship has analyzed and captured new photos of Jupiter. After examining the captures, astronomers established that the stripes displayed on Jupiter are getting wider. Juno’s first contact with Jupiter was in July when it first arrived in its orbit. On August 27, the rocket undertook a close-up flight around the cosmic object. During this trip, the astronomers, whose study was led by Scott Bolton, needed to analyze the environment, getting familiar with the planet. Scientists encountered a great surprise.
- Astronomers tend to believe that Jupiter’s stripes are constantly changing.
- Juno spaceship had captured amazing images of Jupiter’s.
The colorful stripes of Jupiter represent clouds. When light penetrates these lines made out of gasses and dust, they become transparent somehow, allowing a view of what is underneath. Juno spaceship has the proper technology to demonstrate that these stripes are continuously changing, measuring a particular depth. The microwave instruments of the spacecraft can be used to decompose and slice the layers of these clouds.
Specialists have noticed that these stripes are visible into the clouds’ layers. Bolton argued at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences that the structure of these strips reveals that they are deep. He stated that the substances which color the lines and give them depth are most probably still present on the surface of Jupiter, still controlling the layers of the cloud. The new captures which were taken by Juno spaceship proved that the power of the technology allowed the ship to penetrate almost 250 miles deep into the surface of the cloud layer.
These bands which are visible at the top the clouds do not have the same composition as the bands which are displayed at the head of the clouds. The stripes are constantly changing their color and form, and probably even their composition. This discovery triggers astronomers’ will to develop a more detailed analysis of the atmosphere, considering the chemical composition. Specialists claim that this is the first time when they have the chance to analyze the environment of a planet which is situated underneath the stripes.
Juno spaceship’s camera also managed to catch the terminator line of Jupiter, representing a sort of line which separates day from night, just like our horizon. The shedding of the light upon a part of the planet revealed more 3D notions of the planet, allowing astronomers to analyze the depth of the craters. Another spectacular phenomenon like a cyclone took place. Its wideness measures 4,300 miles and 52 miles high.
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