This composite image depicts Jupiter's cloud formations as seen through the eyes of NASA's Juno's Microwave Radiometer (MWR) instrument as compared to the top layer, a Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem image of the planet.
NASA's Juno spacecraft shows a southern hemisphere view of Jupiter shows the transition between banded structures near the equator and the more chaotic features near the polar region, as seen on August 27, 2016.
NASA's Juno spacecraft acquired this view of Jupiter's south polar region about an hour after closest approach on Aug. 27, 2016, when the spacecraft was about 58,700 miles (94,500 kilometers) above the cloud tops.
Jupiter's north polar region is coming into view as NASA's Juno spacecraft approaches the giant planet. This view of Jupiter was taken on August 27, when Juno was 437,000 miles (703,000 kilometers) away.
This dual view of Jupiter was taken on August 23, when NASA's Juno spacecraft was 2.8 million miles (4.4 million kilometers) from the gas giant planet on the inbound leg of its initial 53.5-day capture orbit.
This color view from NASA's Juno spacecraft is made from some of the first images Juno took after the spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter on July 5th. The view shows that JunoCam survived its first pass through Jupiter's extreme radiation environment
NASA's Juno spacecraft obtained this color view on June 28, 2016, at a distance of 3.9 million miles from Jupiter. As Juno nears its destination, features on the giant planet are increasingly visible, including the Great Red Spot.
This still from an animation of four images shows Jupiter in infrared light as seen by NASA's InfraRed Telescope Facility, or IRTF, on May 16, 2015. The observations were obtained in support of NASA's Juno mission.
This map shows the distribution of water in the stratosphere of Jupiter as measured with the Herschel space observatory. White and cyan indicate highest concentration of water, and blue indicates lesser amounts.
Vortices Bump into a Hot Spot in Jupiter's Atmosphere
In this series of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a dark, rectangular hot spot interacts with a line of vortices that approaches from on the upper-right side. The interaction distorts the shape of the hot spot, leaving it diminished.
The dark hot spot in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a window deep into Jupiter's atmosphere. All around it are layers of higher clouds, with colors indicating which layer of the atmosphere the clouds are in.