Let Glorious Jupiter Distract You From Existential Dread

Let Glorious Jupiter Distract You From Existential Dread

Image Cache: Lingering sense of ennui creeping in? Concerned about our current government? Allow me to temporarily assuage your problems by offering up some lovely images of Jupiter. They won’t solve anything, but they just might help you get through day the without shouting into a stranger’s face or kicking over a traffic cone.

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gabriel Fiset

Browse through the cool photos, animations and diagrams in Gizmodo’s Image Cache here.

The stunning, enhanced-colour image above, featured in a news release by NASA today, is based on a photo of Jupiter’s south pole captured by the Juno spacecraft on 11 December 2016. Juno’s citizen science camera has been snapping glorious images of the gas giant ever since it arrived in orbit around Jupiter last July. The images are then released to the public, which has been turning them into even more magnificent works of space art.

Here’s another one:

Image: arudelife/Juno Cam/NASA

And another:

Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Roman Tkachenko


Image: Liroma-52/Juno Cam

OK, but seriously, look at this thing:

Image: NASA/Juno Cam/Craig Sparks

Besides being an infinite source of beautiful pictures, Jupiter has some other pretty cool stuff going on. Last week, attendees at the European Geosciences Union were treated to some science updates from the Juno spacecraft, including details on Jupiter’s strange ammonia weather and magnetic field, according to a report by New Scientist. The field, already considered the single largest “object” in our solar system, is stranger and even stronger than expected, apparently — who would have guessed!

Surely, Jupiter’s hiding many more mysteries beneath is strange and beautiful exterior. We look forward to discovering them all with Juno.

[NASA, New Scientist]