UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – NASA published a photo of unusual red vortices in the southern equatorial belt of Jupiter.
The frame was taken by the Juno spacecraft from a height of eight thousand kilometers above the upper layers of the clouds.
The picture shows that a large whirlwind storm is accompanied by two smaller “swirls”. Scientists emphasize that this phenomenon should not be confused with the Great Red Spot – the largest volatile atmospheric vortex in the solar system.
The reddish-orange color of the storm is created due to chemical substances – chromophores, whose nature is still unexplored.
Juno was launched on August 5, 2011 to explore Jupiter and entered its orbit in July 2016. The tasks of the mission include studying the gravitational and magnetic fields of the planet, as well as testing the hypothesis of having a solid core.