An astronomy fan has spotted a ghoulish face on Jupiter using images from NASA’s Juno spacecraft.
Vladimir Tarasov noticed an unusual pattern in storm clouds on the largest planet in the solar system.
The ‘citizen scientist’ processed data from the spacecraft to reveal what appears to be contorted eyes, nose and a mouth.
“Just in time for Halloween,” the space agency exclaimed on October 25th. “NASA’s Juno mission spots eerie “face” on Jupiter.”
“During its 54th close flyby of Jupiter, the NASA mission captured this view of an area in the giant planet’s far northern regions called Jet N7.
“The image shows turbulent clouds and storms along Jupiter’s terminator, the dividing line between the day and night sides of the planet.
Vladimir Tarasov made the image using raw data from the JunoCam instrument, which are available for the public to peruse or process into image products.
At the time the raw image was taken, the Juno spacecraft was about 4,800 miles (about 7,700 kilometers) above Jupiter’s cloud tops, at a latitude of about 69 degrees north.
“The low angle of sunlight highlights the complex topography of features in this region, which scientists have studied to better understand the processes playing out in Jupiter’s atmosphere,” NASA wrote.
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