Juno probe photographed storms on Jupiter

This image shows powerful jet streams and atmospheric vortices in the north-north temperate zone of Jupiter. NASA’s Juno spacecraft (“Juno”) took this picture, presented here after processing, consisting in amplification of colors, at 5:31 GMT on May 24, 2018, while the Juno apparatus was making the 13th overflight of Jupiter. At this time, the probe was located at a distance of about 7900 kilometers from the upper layer of the clouds of the gas giant at a level of 41 degrees north latitude. In this picture, the south of Jupiter is in the direction of the upper left corner of the image, and the north of the planet – in the direction of the lower right corner.

The north-north temperate belt represents a distinct reddish-orange strip lying to the left of the center of the image. It rotates in the same direction as the entire planet, and has a mostly cyclonic character, which in the northern hemisphere of the planet means vortices that rotate counterclockwise. Within this belt there are also two anticyclones present in gray color.

To the left of this belt is a brighter strip, the north-north temperate zone, with high-lying clouds. These clouds probably consist of crystals of ammonium ice, or perhaps a mixture of ammonia and water. Although this area as a whole seems chaotic, nevertheless there is some ordering associated with the alternation of rotating light structures located in the northern and southern parts of the zone.