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Nasa unveils enhanced-color image of a mysterious "Dark Spot" on Jupiter

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Published Mar 28, 2017, 2:14 pm IST
Updated Mar 28, 2017, 3:28 pm IST
The NASA’s spacecraft Juno, orbiting around Jupiter, acquired the image of a “Dark Spot” through the JunoCam on Feb. 2, 2017 (Photo: NASA)
 The NASA’s spacecraft Juno, orbiting around Jupiter, acquired the image of a “Dark Spot” through the JunoCam on Feb. 2, 2017 (Photo: NASA)

A NASA spacecraft on March 27 sent back an image of a “Dark Spot” found on the fifth planet ,Jupiter, in our solar system.

The NASA’s spacecraft Juno, orbiting around Jupiter, acquired the image of a “Dark Spot” through the JunoCam on Feb. 2, 2017, at 5:13 am PDT (8:13 a.m. EDT), at an altitude of 9,000 miles (14,500 kilometers) above the giant planet’s cloud tops.

“In ground-based images it was difficult to tell that it is a dark storm,” reported NASA.

NASA revealed citizen scientist Roman Tkachenko enhanced the colour to bring out the rich detail in the storm and surrounding clouds. 

“Just south of the dark storm is a bright, oval-shaped storm with high, bright, white clouds, reminiscent of a swirling galaxy. As a final touch, he rotated the image 90 degrees, turning the picture into a work of art,” NASA added.

This enhanced-color image of a mysterious dark spot on Jupiter seems to reveal a Jovian “galaxy” of swirling storms.

— NASA

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