Photobolog showcasing some amazing images of Jupiter taken by JunoCam in 2020
Enjoy these images showing what a fantastic world Jupiter is!
NASA’s Juno spacecraft was launched in 2011 and has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016 to “understand origin and evolution of Jupiter, look for solid planetary core, map magnetic field, measure water and ammonia in deep atmosphere, observe auroras”. The mission is scheduled to end in July 2021.
Juno is in 53-day orbits rather than 14-day orbits as initially planned because of a concern about valves on the spacecraft’s fuel system. This longer orbit means that it takes more time to collect the needed science data.
During its orbit, Juno also gets to the nearest point to the planet’s centre, called perijove. It has now completed its 31st perijove.
On board is the JunoCam, a camera that provides closes up raw images of the gas giant, which are then made available to the public and processed by citizen scientists.
Amateur astrophotographers also upload their own images on NASA’s Juno website. These provide context for new JunoCam images.