21 Amazing Photos of Jupiter Just Sent Back to Earth by NASA’s $1 Billion Juno Probe

The Jovian Horizon.
Rachel Richards
From the Perijove 5 mission phase.
Sergey_Dushkin
A storm captured during Perijove 5 mission phase.
Melissa Egan
"Good morning."
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Another from the Perijove 5 mission phase.
Melissa Egan
Jovian half moon.
Tim Riordan
Titled "Blue Flame"
SKenaga
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This image was enhanced with Blue colors to resemble Earth.
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Titled "Pink Swirl."
SKenaga
Arrival in Jupiter.
Phablo Araujo
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Another from the Perijove 5 mission phase.
Vinícius Maia
This one was titled "Treasure Planet."
Melissa Egan
Extended-color image of swirling storms on Jupiter's south pole. This image was processed by an amateur astronomer from data sent back from Juno.
NASA/SwRI/MSSS/Jason Major
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The south pole.
Tiago Panserini
From the Perijove 5 mission phase.
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Titled "White Pearl."
JS
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Another from the Perijove 5 mission phase.
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A close-up.
NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Shawn Handran
Polar storms.
Jason Terry
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A cyclone.
SKenaga
Titled "Face of Jupiter."
Melissa Egan

NASA’s Juno spacecraft launched in August 2011, took five years to reach Jupiter and has been orbiting around the gas giant ever since.

Last week, the $1 billion probe completed its fifth flyby mission, during which it sent raw visual data of Jupiter back to Earth. These unprocessed photos were made available for amateur astronomers to process, giving them the chance to turn the blurry, gray images of the gas giant into colorful photos. Using various processing techniques, they were able to show everything from the poles to the planet’s many brewing storms in various colors and styles.

Flip through the slides above to see some of these breathtaking photos.

(h/t IFL Science)

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