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The Amazing New Photos Of Jupiter Taken By NASA’s $1 Billion Probe Are Stunning

Traveling above Jupiter at more than 130,000 miles per hour, NASA’s $1 billion Juno probe took its ninth set of stunning flyby images on October 24.

But the sun slipped between the giant planet and Earth for more than a week, blocking the spacecraft from beaming home its precious bounty of data.

Now that the conjunction is over, however, new raw image data from Juno’s ninth perijove — as the spacecraft’s high-speed flybys are called — has poured in.

Researchers posted it all online on Tuesday, and a community of amateurs and professionals has been busily processing the data to yield colorful and stunning new pictures of Jupiter.

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“Brand new Jupiter pics from @NASAJuno Perijove 09! What a blimmin’ gorgeous/diabolical planet,” Seán Doran, a UK-based graphic artist who regularly processes NASA images, tweeted on Tuesday.

Below are some fresh, close-up images of Jupiter, along with other unbelievable views captured from earlier perijoves.

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In the most recent flyby, as with the previous eight, Juno’s flyby started over Jupiter’s north pole.

The spacecraft then swept within a few thousand miles of the gas giant, capturing stunning high-resolution views of its cloud tops.

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At its closest approach to Jupiter during each flyby, the robot briefly becomes the fastest human-made object in the solar system, reaching speeds of around 130,000 miles per hour.

At its closest approach to Jupiter during each flyby, the robot briefly becomes the fastest human-made object in the solar system, reaching speeds of around 130,000 miles per hour.

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Researchers upload the raw data sent by the probe to the mission’s website.

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There, enthusiasts take the drab, mostly gray image data and process it all into true-to-life color photos.

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Many snapshots of Jupiter take on an artistic quality.

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Others dazzle with their detail of the planet’s thick cloud bands and powerful storms.

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Some of the tempests are large enough to swallow planet Earth — or at least a good chunk of it.

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The planet’s atmosphere is a turbulent mess of hydrogen and helium gases.

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There are also traces of molecules like ammonia, methane, sulfur, and water, which give the clouds different colors and properties.

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The mixture sometimes creates features that look like faces (as seen on the left in this image).

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The mixture sometimes creates features that look like faces (as seen on the left in this image).

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Many cloud bands have features called chevrons. These atmospheric disturbances blow at several hundreds of miles per hour and sometimes zig-zag through a band, or punch through into others.

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In this older view of Jupiter, from Juno’s eighth perijove, two cloud bands battle for dominance — one of which contains a swirling storm many times larger than a hurricane on Earth.

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The spacecraft will continue to document Jupiter for as long as NASA can keep it going. But not forever.

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