The planet Jupiter looked like it was Smiling happily at the rest of the Solar system in a colourful image, created using data from NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

Smiley Jupiter

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Randy Ahn


In August NASA’s Juno spacecraft made a fly by of Jupiter, snapping pictures of the giant planet. These pictures were released online and citizen scientist Randy Ahn created this beautiful mirrored image to create a full circle from the half-lit shot of Jupiter, giving it a yellow tint to highlight the visible features (and uncovering a happy smiley face in the process!) 😀

The picture of a smiling Jupiter above was taken on the probe’s first visit from a height of just 3,100 miles above Jupiter’s swirling clouds, which is the closest any probe has gotten to the gas giant. Juno will be carrying out more close encounters with the planet between now and February 2018,  hopefully it will catch a few more smiley images in the near future – we have our fingers crossed for a winking Jupiter to complete the Smiley set! 😉

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