Close-up photos of Jupiter’s polar vortexes and dancing storms

Take a look at some of the most mesmerizing photos of Jupiter yet —transmitted from Juno, the little orbiter that could.

I came across these via the r/space subreddit. In the comments, a Redditor revealed that these images were processed by Seán Doran and Gerald Eichstädt and after looking through the photostream, I was completely blown away.

It’s nuts that we have a spacecraft out there in void. All alone. Snapping and transmitting these beautiful images of the Jovian giant to us. We are not worthy.

Swirling violent masses of gases rage and dance on the surface of Jupiter

Where do these photos come from? The Juno spacecraft of course! This spacecraft and mission has planned to orbit the gas giant Jupiter more than 35 times (these have been organized into perjoves), and has a planned termination date for 2021. A remarkable achievement.

Here’s a clearer shot of one of Jupiter’s polar vortexes

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