PJ29: Turbulence

2020-10-23 17:29 UT
Credit : NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt
Submitted By : Maquet-80
Mission Phase : PERIJOVE 29
Source Image(s) : JNCE_2020260_29C00019_V01

This high-passed, contrast-normalized, saturation-enhanced, rotated and sharpened crop of a north polar, equidistant azimuthal map of Jupiter is resolved with 60 pixels per planetocentric degree. It is derived from the raw PJ29 JunoCam image #19. It shows details of the turbulence of northern folded filamentary regions.

Cyclonic and anticyclonic vortices of all scales are densely crowded and interacting.

This is also the settings where powerful thunderstorms appear to occur most frequently in Jupiter.

Juno's future flybys are expected to take a gradually closer look at this complex dynamics, since the point of closest approach of each orbit is shifting northward.