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Behold the dreamy beauty of Jupiter's clouds | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Behold the dreamy beauty of Jupiter's clouds | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Juno snapped this photo of Jupiter during its seventh close pass in May 2017. (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS /Gerald Eichstädt /Seán Doran) With an atmosphere that best resembles the sun, Jupiter is predominantly made up of hydrogen and helium, with trace amounts of ammonia, sulfur, methane and water vapor. Strong east-west winds in the planet's upper atmosphere travel at 400 mph, with dark belts and light zones reflecting different compositions of chemicals. According to Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton, the white clouds shown in the image above are so high and so cool that they're likely snow clouds. As you might expect, they're a bit different than the icy storms we experience here on Earth. "It's probably mostly ammonia ice, but there may be water ice mixed into it, so it's not exactly like the snow that we have [on Earth]," Bolton told Space.com . "And I w...

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