NASA Shares Incredible Photo Of Jupiter’s Surface That Looks Like ‘Pepperoni Pizza’
NASA has shared an amazing photo of Jupiter's North Pole, but rather than inspiring social media users about the wonders of space, it's left people feeling a little hungry.
NASA shared the photo on Instagram yesterday, writing: "The floor is lava! Oh wait, nevermind, that's just an infrared look at Jupiter's North Pole."
The cyclones of Jupiter's North Pole are interesting and all, but many people found they were a little distracted by the fact the image just looked like a massive pizza.
One person joked: "I thought this was a pepperoni pizza."
Another agreed: "LOOKS LIKE A PIZZA."
A third added: "Seems a burned pizza."
Some Instagrammers were reminded of other foodstuffs, with one saying it looked like 'forbidden cinnamon rolls'.
While everyone was busy thinking about what to have for dinner, NASA's Instagram caption continued to explain: "Our James Webb Space Telescope will examine the atmosphere of Jupiter's polar region, where @NASAJuno discovered the clusters of cyclones seen in this image.
"@NASAWebb's data will provide much more detail than has been possible in past observations, measuring winds, cloud particles, gas composition, and temperature."
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NASA's Juno space probe has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016, on a mission to reveal more about how Jupiter was formed and its evolution.
NASA said previously: "Using long-proven technologies on a spinning spacecraft placed in an elliptical polar orbit, Juno will observe Jupiter's gravity and magnetic fields, atmospheric dynamics and composition, and evolution."
Now, however, the space agency is also putting its James Webb Space Telescope to use, providing 'much more detail' than has been possible before.
You can find an overview of Juno's mission over on the NASA website, which also gives a rundown of the orbiter's top 10 discoveries.
Describing the Juno space probe, it says: "A solar-powered spacecraft that spans the width of a basketball court and makes long, looping orbits around giant planet Jupiter.
"Its cloud-piercing instruments unlock a variety of secrets hiding within: how Jupiter came to be, its deep structure, its evolution over billions of years."
As for that pizza-like north pole, the website continues: "A central cyclone at Jupiter's north pole is surrounded by eight more, as if they're bowing in tribute.These cyclones range from 2,500 to 2,900 miles across (4,000 to 4,600 kilometers). Their spiral arms smack together as they spin, but the storms don't merge, Juno data shows."
Featured Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/ASI/INAF/JIRAM