Jupiter Jet and Brown Barge
The southern edge of Jupiter's north polar region is captured in this view from NASA's Juno spacecraft. The scene prominently displays a long, brown oval known as a "brown barge" located within a polar jet stream, called "Jet N4."
This image was taken at 9:25 a.m. PST on Feb. 12, 2019 (12:25 p.m. EST), as the spacecraft performed its 18th close flyby of Jupiter. At the time, Juno was about 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) from the planet's cloud tops, above a latitude of approximately 44 degrees north.
Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Justin Cowart created this view using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager. The scene has been rotated approximately 90 degrees to the right.
JunoCam's raw images are available at www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam for the public to peruse and process into image products.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Juno is part of NASA's New Frontiers Program, which is managed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft. Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages JPL for NASA.