(ORDO NEWS) — The video showing the gas giant’s north pole in infrared was compiled from images taken by a camera aboard the Juno station.
Jupiter’s north pole looks intimidating to say the least. It consists of one giant central cyclone surrounded by eight circumpolar cyclones, which range in diameter from 4,000 to 4,600 kilometers.
Fortunately, Jupiter is located at an average distance of just under 780,000,000 kilometers from Earth.
However, you can see what the north pole of the gas giant looks like without leaving your home – back in 2018, NASA created a video that shows the central and the remaining eight cyclones of the region.
The video was compiled by the US space agency from images taken by the JIRAM infrared camera aboard the Juno probe.
Interestingly, although the red-yellow, fiery color of the clouds seems to be hot, in fact they are quite cold.
So, according to NASA, the temperature of the bright yellow clouds shown in the video is about -13 degrees Celsius, while the temperature of the dark red ones is about -83°C.
The automatic interplanetary station “Juno” was launched in 2011, and the probe entered the polar orbit of the gas giant in the summer of 2016.
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