Jupiter's South Pole
On August 27, 2016, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew past Jupiter, performing its first data-collection pass. It came within about 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) of the gas giant and captured this never-before-seen view of Jupiter's south pole. At the pole, the planet’s thick cloud cover is peppered with rotating storms of varying sizes. These storms are similar to Earth’s hurricanes. The image is color enhanced to make it easier to see the storms.
Analysis of the first data collection has also revealed similar clusters of rotating storms at the planet’s north pole, and that Jupiter’s magnetic field is surprisingly stronger than anticipated.
Juno arrived at Jupiter on July 4, 2016. It will continue to study the gas giant’s origins, interior structure, deep atmosphere, and magnetosphere until February 2018. The mission’s primary goal is to improve our understanding of Jupiter’s formation and evolution.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles