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Gallery: Juno's latest Jupiter images revealing swirling psychedelic clouds

Gallery: Juno's latest Jupiter...
Juno takes 53 days to orbit Jupiter
Juno takes 53 days to orbit Jupiter
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Once every 53 days Juno's orbit takes it closest to Jupiter
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Once every 53 days Juno's orbit takes it closest to Jupiter
The closest point in the orbit is called a perijove
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The closest point in the orbit is called a perijove
These are images from Perijove 9
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These are images from Perijove 9
There will be twelve planned flybys all up before the mission is reviewed next year
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There will be twelve planned flybys all up before the mission is reviewed next year
These images were captured on October 24, 2017
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These images were captured on October 24, 2017
These images were captured on October 24, 2017
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These images were captured on October 24, 2017
These images were captured on October 24, 2017
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These images were captured on October 24, 2017
These images were captured on October 24, 2017
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These images were captured on October 24, 2017
These images were captured on October 24, 2017
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These images were captured on October 24, 2017
The next perijove will take place on December 18, 2017
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The next perijove will take place on December 18, 2017
JunoCam image taken from an altitude of 33,000 km over Jupiter's cloudtops. In this scene, the South Temperate Belt, South Temperate Zone, South South Temperate Belt, and Polar Hood of Jupiter are visible
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JunoCam image taken from an altitude of 33,000 km over Jupiter's cloudtops. In this scene, the South Temperate Belt, South Temperate Zone, South South Temperate Belt, and Polar Hood of Jupiter are visible
The next perijove will take place on December 18, 2017
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The next perijove will take place on December 18, 2017
Juno takes 53 days to orbit Jupiter
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Juno takes 53 days to orbit Jupiter
Juno takes 53 days to orbit Jupiter
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Juno takes 53 days to orbit Jupiter
Juno takes 53 days to orbit Jupiter
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Juno takes 53 days to orbit Jupiter
These amazing images were processed by skilled members of the general public, Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran
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These amazing images were processed by skilled members of the general public, Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran
These amazing images were processed by skilled members of the general public, Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran
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These amazing images were processed by skilled members of the general public, Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran
These amazing images were processed by skilled members of the general public, Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran
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These amazing images were processed by skilled members of the general public, Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran
During these close flybys Juno reaches about 2,100 miles above Jupiter's clouds
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During these close flybys Juno reaches about 2,100 miles above Jupiter's clouds
During these close flybys Juno reaches about 2,100 miles above Jupiter's clouds
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During these close flybys Juno reaches about 2,100 miles above Jupiter's clouds
The stunning, swirling clouds of Jupiter
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The stunning, swirling clouds of Jupiter
Juno's current mission ends next year when it will be reviewed by NASA and either terminated or extended
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Juno's current mission ends next year when it will be reviewed by NASA and either terminated or extended
The stunning, swirling clouds of Jupiter
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The stunning, swirling clouds of Jupiter
The stunning, swirling clouds of Jupiter
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The stunning, swirling clouds of Jupiter
Juno's current mission ends next year when it will be reviewed by NASA and either terminated or extended
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Juno's current mission ends next year when it will be reviewed by NASA and either terminated or extended
Juno's current mission ends next year when it will be reviewed by NASA and either terminated or extended
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Juno's current mission ends next year when it will be reviewed by NASA and either terminated or extended
Juno's current mission ends next year when it will be reviewed by NASA and either terminated or extended
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Juno's current mission ends next year when it will be reviewed by NASA and either terminated or extended
Juno's current mission ends next year when it will be reviewed by NASA and either terminated or extended
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Juno's current mission ends next year when it will be reviewed by NASA and either terminated or extended
Juno's current mission ends next year when it will be reviewed by NASA and either terminated or extended
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Juno's current mission ends next year when it will be reviewed by NASA and either terminated or extended
Juno's current mission ends next year when it will be reviewed by NASA and either terminated or extended
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Juno's current mission ends next year when it will be reviewed by NASA and either terminated or extended
A look at the two hours of images during the most recent Juno flyby
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A look at the two hours of images during the most recent Juno flyby
During these close flybys Juno reaches about 2,100 miles above Jupiter's clouds
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During these close flybys Juno reaches about 2,100 miles above Jupiter's clouds
The stunning, swirling clouds of Jupiter
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The stunning, swirling clouds of Jupiter
The stunning, swirling clouds of Jupiter
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The stunning, swirling clouds of Jupiter
During these close flybys Juno reaches about 2,100 miles above Jupiter's clouds
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During these close flybys Juno reaches about 2,100 miles above Jupiter's clouds
This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
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This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
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This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
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This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
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This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
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This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
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This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
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This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
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This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data
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This image is reconstructed from JunoCam data taken during Juno's Perijove-09. It is approximately illumination-adjusted, and enhanced by a gamma stretch to the 4th power of radiometric data

Every 53 days the Juno probe completes a close flyby of Jupiter. On Tuesday October 24, Juno successfully completed its eighth science flyby out of a planned twelve before the scheduled mission end in July next year. After NASA uploaded the new data to its JunoCam website, citizen scientists have been optimizing the images to create some of the most mind-blowing and spectacular pictures of the giant planet seen to date.

Juno's current orbit brings it to within 2,600 miles (4,200 kms) of Jupiter, once every 53 days. Originally the plan was to drop into a shorter orbital pattern and complete 37 flybys over its 20 month mission, but due to a mechanical difficulty the NASA team erred on the side of caution and maintained the safer initial orbit.

NASA is uploading all the raw Juno image data and calling on the general public to process them. This process was traditionally done by NASA in-house as the image data received from outer space probes often needs cropping, enhancements and reconstruction.

Take a look through our gallery of the latest spectacular Juno images of Jupiter from some brilliantly talented citizen scientists.

1 comment
tsvieps
The images are simply amazing, but they invite explanations of what is being seen--what are the colors about?