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A beautiful abyss. This view of an area within a Jovian jet stream includes a vortex with an intensely dark center. Nearby, other features display bright, high altitude clouds that have puffed up into the sunlight. NASA’s Juno took this color-enhanced image on May 29, 2019, as the spacecraft performed its 20th science flyby of Jupiter. Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran created this image using data from the JunoCam imager. More info at the link in the bio.

New raw images from Juno’s close flyby of Jupiter are available now. Download, process + share [link in bio].

From data to discoveries 🛰 → 📡 → 💡 My observations often reveal new insights into Jupiter, forever changing humanity's understanding of giant planets. Watch this short film filmed at @dyerobservers to see how my data gets from Jupiter to Earth, and how my team transforms that raw data into new knowledge. Full video link in the bio.

It’s not easy getting a spacecraft to in one piece, ready to explore.🛰 Check out this short feature to see how my team worked as a family to make sure everything went exactly as planned. Video link in the bio.

Citizen Science collaboration 📸🔬 🎨 : I send home raw pictures of Jupiter, and talented people around the world turn them into everything from detailed scientific imagery to beautiful works of art. Video link in the bio.

It’s hard to believe, but nearly eight years have passed since launch! Let’s check in with the team to find out what’s going on now – and what continues to make my mission so special – in this series of conversations filmed @dyerobservers. First up, a look at how my journey posed extreme design challenges for engineers. I was the first solar-powered spacecraft to operate so far from the Sun. I traveled through magnetic fields 20 times stronger than any previous spacecraft. I operate deep within Jupiter’s hazardous radiation belts. So, my team had to be very strategic about protecting my “vital organs” and sensitive science instruments from the elements. See how they pulled it off in the full video at the link in our bio.

The view from here 🌫️. Dramatic atmospheric features in Jupiter's northern hemisphere are captured in this view from @NASA's Juno spacecraft. The new perspective shows swirling clouds that surround a circular feature within a jet stream region called "Jet N6."

☁️ Jupiter Storm Tracker ☁️ A giant, spiraling storm in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere is captured in this animation from @NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The storm is approximately 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) across.

This image of Jupiter’s turbulent southern hemisphere was captured by @NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it performed its most recent close flyby of the gas giant planet on Dec. 21, 2018. This new perspective captures the notable Great Red Spot, as well as a massive storm called Oval BA. The storm reached its current size when three smaller spots collided and merged in the year 2000. The Great Red Spot, which is about twice as wide as Oval BA, may have formed from the same process centuries ago.

Whoa, we're half way there… This Dec. 21 will be Juno’s 16th science pass of Jupiter, marking the halfway point in data collection of the prime mission. "We have already rewritten the textbooks on how Jupiter's atmosphere works, and on the complexity and asymmetry of its magnetic field," said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno, from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. "The second half should provide the detail that we can use to refine our understanding of the depth of Jupiter's zonal winds, the generation of its magnetic field, and the structure and evolution of its interior." [link in bio] Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran created this image sequence using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager.

Get mesmerized by colorful swirling clouds in Jupiter's North Equatorial Belt in this new close-up view from @NASA's Juno spacecraft. This is the closest image captured of the Jovian clouds during this recent flyby of the gas giant planet. The color-enhanced image was taken at 2:08 p.m. PDT (5:08 p.m. EDT) on Oct. 29, 2018 as the spacecraft performed its 16th close flyby of Jupiter. Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Björn Jónsson

So long and thanks for all the fish! 🐬 This series of images from @NASA's Juno spacecraft captures changing cloud formations across Jupiter's southern hemisphere. A cloud in the of a dolphin appears to be swimming through the cloud bands along the South South Temperate Belt. Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Brian Swift/Seán Doran

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