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A Twisted Towel of Bright Clouds on Jupiter

20 Jul 2018, 21:41 UTC
A Twisted Towel of Bright Clouds on Jupiter NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Jason Major

This dramatic image, a color-composite I made from raw data captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft, shows a bright band of high-altitude clouds on Jupiter’s northern hemisphere on July 16, 2018. Because of the abstract nature of Jupiter’s atmosphere in general (and a fun little phenomenon called pareidolia) one could find many different shapes in this view, but to me the band of clouds is reminiscent of a thick, twisted bath towel getting wrung dry.

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