Archive for June 23, 2018

Chaotic Clouds on Jupiter

Posted in The Universe and Stuff with tags , , on June 23, 2018 by telescoper

I’ve been too busy today with Open Day business to do a proper post so I thought I’d just share this marvellous image from NASA’s Juno Mission.

The picture is like an extraordinary work

of abstract art, but it’s scientifically fascinating too:

The region seen here is somewhat chaotic and turbulent, given the various swirling cloud formations. In general, the darker cloud material is deeper in Jupiter’s atmosphere, while bright cloud material is high. The bright clouds are most likely ammonia or ammonia and water, mixed with a sprinkling of unknown chemical ingredients.