NASA's $1 billion Juno spacecraft, launched in August 2011, took five years to reach and settle into orbit around the gas giant, which is more than 415 million miles from Earth. The probe is photographing Jupiter's poles for the first time, detecting bizarre cloud formations, recording mysterious auroras, and scanning deep into the planet's thick cloud tops, sending every piece of information it can get back to Earth.
This new image, processed by amateur astronomer Roman Tkachenko, shows Jupiter's north pole in all its stormy glory.
This shot, put together by Gervasio Robles, merges three Juno flyby images to show Jupiter's elusive south pole in full view.
Amateur astronomers have also been redeveloping older Juno images. These Jovian cloud-top images all came from the probe's fourth flyby, on February 2.
NASA will plunge the spacecraft into Jupiter's clouds in 2018 or 2019. This will prevent it from spreading any bacteria from Earth on the gas giant's icy, ocean-filled moons like Europa and Ganymede.