More incredible Juno images are emerging after the spacecraft's recent up-close flyby of Jupiter, and these new shots are nothing short of spectacular. Earlier this week, we were rewarded with a beautiful portrait of the gas giant's northern polar region as Juno's instruments and cameras recorded images from a distance of 271,000 miles out on approach to Jupiter. Now leap into the awesome inferno of its epic aurora.
These stunning new shots of Jupiter's southern auroras were captured on Aug. 27 while Juno completed the first of its 36 orbital flybys at an altitude just a little over 2,500 miles above the massive planet's thick cloud cover. Views of Jupiter's spectacular southern auroras are difficult to observe from Mother Earth because of our planet's position relative to its south pole. The data dump took 34 hours to download and is just a small taste of future imagery to follow in the next 18 months. Juno's mission team at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena is poring over and analyzing the information and expects to reveal even more striking photos shortly.
The probe's Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument captured the planet's gorgeous glow in infrared light in the video below, comprised of 580 images gathered over a 9-hour period as Jupiter completed nearly one full rotation.
The second video is a compilation of 13 hours of eerie audio emissions from Jupiter's auroras during the same Aug. 27-28 orbital pass. Have a listen and imagine yourself astrally projected into the Jovian system!
What do you think of these initial images and sounds from the depths of our solar system in the orbital grasp of mighty Jupiter?