A dragon? Dolphin? What do you see in the NASA photo of the "magnificent" clouds of Jupiter?


People see all sorts of things when they look at puffy white clouds in the sky – angels, puppies, Elvis Presley.

So, naturally, a new NASA photo of the "magnificent swirling clouds" around Jupiter inspired a game of cosmic riddles.

What do you see in these clouds?


The eye of a dragon? The virgin Mary? A squid? A "moonlit swimmer"?

The Twitter user Tom Smith sees "a woman comforted by an angel under the moon".

The image with improved colors was taken by NASA's space probe Juno "at 1:58 pm PDT on October 29, 2018 (4:58 pm EDT) while the spacecraft carried out its 16th Jupiter close flight ", according to a press release from NASA.

The space agency described them as "a multitude of magnificent, swirling clouds in the dynamic North-North Jupiter Belt Belt … appearing in the scene are several bright-white" pop-up "clouds and an anticyclonic storm, known as white oval.

"At the time, Juno was about 4,400 miles (7,000 kilometers) from the clouds of the planet's clouds, at a latitude of about 40 degrees north."

NASA states that "city scientists" Gerald Eichstadt and Sean Doran created the image using data from the probe's JunoCam imager. Doran, according to CNET, "is well known for his work in turning those images into lively visual parties".

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Doran tweeted four images of cloud formation with this statement: "A dolphin swims in the sky of Jupiter".

"We have seen some unlikely forms of marine inspiration out there in space, like a rock of fish on Mars and a couple of galaxies that look like a penguin with an egg We can now add a Jupiter dolphin to the list, "wrote CNET.

Another image Eichstadt and Doran, created by the probe's JunoCam, has reminded many people of Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" painting, Space.com reported last year.

The image has captured "swirling clouds belts and tumbling vortexes in the northern hemisphere of Jupiter," NASA wrote on its website.


Juno took five years to reach Jupiter after NASA launched the spacecraft on August 5, 2011, reports Fox News, which states that the mission to collect data on the planet will end in 2021.

The raw images of JunoCam, says NASA, can be seen on its Mission Juno website.



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