Jupiter’s poles look nothing like its equator

Juno has returned the rest of its images from its recent perijove, and Jupiter’s south pole looks amazing.  It’s not entirely a surprise; images from previous probes, the Hubble Space Telescope, and ground observatories show that the colorful bands which characterize the mid and low latitudes disappear at higher latitudes.  What’s stunning is just how complete the effect is:

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The north pole was also imaged, and it looks a lot like the south pole:

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The team was hoping to see if Jupiter sports a hexagon like Saturn does — and interestingly, the answer is that it does not.  However, it does have a great many small storms (well, “small” by Jupiter’s standards) and a surprising blue tint that suggests that whatever’s going on at Jupiter, Juno will have plenty to keep itself busy.

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