New Image of Spooky ‘Face’ on Jupiter Released by NASA’s Juno Probe
In a thrilling Halloween surprise, NASA has unveiled a captivating image of a ‘face’ on Jupiter, captured by its Juno probe during its 54th close flyby of the gas giant. The photo showcases the swirling clouds of Jupiter forming a pattern that eerily resembles eyes, a nose, and a mouth, adding to its spookiness.
What makes this image even more chilling is that half of the picture is shrouded in darkness on Jupiter’s night side. This creates a daunting effect that has captivated space enthusiasts and Halloween enthusiasts alike.
Interestingly, Juno often captures images that lead to the phenomenon of pareidolia, where the human brain tries to make sense of random patterns by assigning familiar shapes and forms to them. Citizen scientist Vladimir Tarasov was the first to notice the facial features hidden within Jupiter’s storm clouds. The image resembles a Cubist portrait, with multiple perspectives of a face.
Coincidentally, the image was released on October 25, which happens to be the 142nd birthday of Pablo Picasso, a renowned figure in the Cubist art movement. Perhaps this is a nod to the artistic creativity and inspiration found in the cosmos.
The raw image was taken by Juno when it was approximately 4,800 miles above Jupiter’s cloud tops. This is part of Juno’s ongoing mission to study various aspects of Jupiter, including its composition, polar magnetosphere, gravity field, magnetic field, atmosphere, weather, and its moons.
While the primary goal of the Juno mission is scientific research, its stunning images never fail to captivate the public’s imagination. The ‘face’ on Jupiter adds to the growing collection of awe-inspiring pictures that showcase the beauty and mysteries of our vast universe.
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