NASA's Juno spacecraft, which reached the planet Jupiter in July 2016 after a five-year, 1.7-billion-mile (2.7-billion-kilometer) journey, is exploring our solar system's biggest planet. It's taking advantage of a polar orbit that allows it to swoop down within 3,100 miles (4,990 kilometers) of the immense world's cloud tops. Imagine it this way: If Jupiter were the size of a basketball, Juno would be only about a third of an inch away.
I just can't get enough of all these photos of Jupiter, what beautiful marbling. We've spent all our time looking at the equator of the planet and gazing at the red spot, and it turns out this some of the more mundane part of Jupiter's weather.
The funniest thing to me is that scientists continue to always say they are surprised at how complex weather systems are on other planets. Maybe after this we'll start to appreciate that any time you have that much matter in such a small space, the result of all that interaction is going to be exceedingly fascinating.