NASA’s Juno captures stunning Jupiter image showing ‘white oval’ storm

NASA's Juno spacecraft captured a gorgeous image of Jupiter's dynamic surface.

A group of swirling clouds can be seen in Jupiter's North-North Temperate Belt, along with several bright-white "pop-up" clouds, as NASA describes it.

The color-enhanced image was taken when Juno was about 4,400 miles from the planet's cloud tops.

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NASA's Juno captured the above image of Jupiter.

NASA's Juno captured the above image of Jupiter. (Enhanced image by Gerald Eichstädt and Sean Doran (CC BY-NC-SA) based on images provided courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS)

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According to the space agency, two citizen scientists created the photograph using data from the spacecraft's JunoCam imager.

An anticyclonic storm, known as a white oval, can also be seen in the image.

Juno launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in 2011, and it was a mission to examine Jupiter's gravity field, composition and polar magnetosphere. The craft will also seek clues on the planet's formation and its winds -- which can reach speeds of up to 384 miles per hour.

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