New Images of Jupiter Inspire Citizens to Make ‘Art’

May 11, 2018 Last Updated: May 11, 2018

Nasa’s Jupiter space probe, Juno, has dived deeper into the gas giant’s atmosphere than any previous space craft.

The mission is now delivering insights that NASA says will help scientists understand the origin and evolution of our solar system’s largest planet.

Juno spacecraft and its science instruments. Image credit: NASA/JPL

As Juno loops around Jupiter, it is capturing reams of raw data and images that need to be processed.

Overwhelmed, NASA has asked ‘citizen scientists’ to process and interpret the images.

Each raw image includes the same view in green, blue and red filters. There is also a slightly processed color view that is a combination of all three, CBC reported, describing the images as “art.”

These images are enhanced by citizens who use photo editing software to adjust the hues and saturation. Then the images are uploaded back to the NASA website where they are queued for processing by NASA staff.

The citizen-enhanced images are helping scientists extract new information that can help them identify changes in Jupiter’s atmosphere.

The colorful images look like something that could hang in an art gallery.

This image of Jupiter’s swirling south polar region was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it neared completion of its tenth close flyby of the gas giant planet. NASA

Whether or not these images are considered art, all the approved images are scientific data. These images allow scientists to improve their understanding of Jupiter in order to find out the origins of the solar system.

With Juno orbiting around Jupiter at close proximity, scientists are able to uncover new information about the planet. Juno revealed that Jupiter’s magnetic field is nearly twice as strong as initially thought, and that its core may be much larger and more diluted than anticipated.

Juno detected ammonia deep within the planet that could be causing the ever-changing weather system that has transformed Jupiter into the colourful planet we know today.

Juno will orbit Jupiter a few dozen more times in its mission and scientists hope the probe can help answer more questions about the planet.

For further information, visit the NASA Juno Mission webpage.

Colorful swirling cloud belts dominate Jupiter’s southern hemisphere in this image captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. (Credit: NASA)