The NASA probe, located in the orbit of Jupiter, captured magnificent images of a storm that recently appeared on a giant planet and was discovered by an amateur astronomer. Civilian scientist Kevin Gill created the image using data collected by the JunoCam on board the Juno-Jupiter orbiter on June 2, 2020. Not far from the famous Great Red Spot of Jupiter, there is a newly discovered storm called the Clyde Spot, NASA reports.
A new storm was discovered by amateur astronomer Clyde Foster from Centurion, South Africa. Early in the morning, May 31, 2020, while photographing Jupiter with his telescope, Foster noticed a new spot that looked bright. The spot was not visible on images taken several hours earlier by astronomers in Australia, but Foster used a filter that was sensitive to specific wavelengths of light.
On June 2, 2020, just two days after the observations of Clyde Foster, the NASA Juno mission completed its 27th close flight of Jupiter. A spaceship can only display a relatively thin section of the cloudy peaks of Jupiter during each passage. Although the Juno did not fly directly over the storm, its route was close enough for the mission team to determine – they would get a detailed view of the new Jupiter storm, which was unofficially called Clyde’s Spot.
This “new spot” is a stream of cloudy material flashing above the upper layers of the clouds of Jupiter’s atmosphere.
Another citizen scientist, Kevin M. Gill, created a drawing using JunoCam data. This view is a map projection that combines five JunoCam images taken on June 2, 2020. At the time the pictures were taken, Juno was located at a distance of about 45 km to 95 thousand kilometers from the cloudy peaks of the planet at latitudes between 48 and 67 degrees to the south.
NASA makes JunoCam data publicly available for review and processing. Citizen scientist Kevin Gill processed five images of JunoCam’s Clyde’s Spot.
The $ 1.1 billion Juno mission was launched in August 2011 and arrived on Jupiter on July 4, 2016. The observations made by the probe help scientists better understand the composition, structure, formation, and evolution of the gas giant. Juno will continue to study Jupiter until at least July 2021, if the probe remains operational.