Nasa’s Juno spacecraft beamed back a stunning image of a massive, raging storm in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere, captured by the probe during its ninth close flyby of the gas giant planet. The image was taken on October 24, when the spacecraft was about 10,108 km away from the tops of the clouds of Jupiter. The colour-enhanced images shows a storm rotating counter-clockwise with a wide range of cloud altitudes.
The darker clouds are expected to be deeper in the atmosphere than the brightest clouds. Within some of the bright “arms” of this storm, smaller clouds and banks of clouds can be seen, some of which are casting shadows. The bright clouds and their shadows range from about seven to 12 km in both widths and lengths.