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05.21.20

Jupiter's Racing Stripes 

Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS
Image processing by David Marriott

This enhanced-color image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures the striking cloud bands of Jupiter’s southern latitudes. Jupiter is not only the largest planet in the solar system, it also rotates at the fastest rate, completing a full day in just 10 hours. This rapid spinning creates strong jet streams, separating Jupiter’s clouds into bright zones and dark belts that wrap around the planet.

Citizen scientist David Marriott created this image with data from the JunoCam instrument. The original image was taken on April 10, 2020, at 7:35 a.m. PDT (10:35 a.m. EDT) as the Juno spacecraft performed its 26th close flyby of the planet. At the time the image was taken, Juno was about 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers) from the planet’s cloud tops at a latitude of about 58 degrees south. 

JunoCam's raw images are available for the public to peruse and process into image products at https://missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam/processing.    

More information about Juno is at https://www.nasa.gov/juno and https://missionjuno.swri.edu

Members of the media, please contact:

D.C. Agle
Juno Media Relations Representative
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

(818) 393-9011
Grey Hautaluoma
NASA Senior Public Affairs Officer
NASA Headquarters

(202) 358-0668

Where is Juno now?

Visualize Juno’s journey through space and get up-to-date data sets using NASA's Eyes on the Solar System 3D interactive.