At first glance at this image, you’d been forgiven for mistaking it as showing milk swirling in a cup of coffee.
But the beautiful swirls are actually a jet stream region on Jupiter , which were snapped by NASA ’s Juno spacecraft.
The jet stream can be found in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere, and is known as ‘Jet N3’.
NASA explained: “Jupiter's cloud tops do not form a simple, flat surface. Data from Juno helped scientists discover that the swirling bands in the atmosphere extend deep into the planet, to a depth of about 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometres).
“At centre right, a patch of bright, high-altitude ‘pop-up’ clouds rises above the surrounding atmosphere.”
The stunning photo was taken on May 29, 2019, during Juno’s 20th close flyby of Jupiter.
While the image looks very close-up, Juno was actually around 6,000 miles from the top of the clouds when it took the photo!
Juno has been orbiting Jupiter since July 2016, having completed a five year journey to the enormous planet.
The spacecraft is tasked with studying Jupiter’s giant gravitational and magnetic fields and exploring the swirling clouds that form Jupiter’s atmosphere.
The spacecraft will also reveal what Jupiter is made of – and how much of it is water.
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