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Gorgeous Images of the Planet Jupiter

The Atlantic Logo By Alan Taylor of The Atlantic | Slide 1 of 24: A view of Jupiter in mid-December, 2017, as Juno was completing its tenth close flyby, at a distance of about 8,500 miles from the cloudtops. Scientists count a new orbit of Jupiter each time Juno reaches its closest point in orbit, which is called a periapsis—specifically in the case of Jupiter, a "perijove."

A view of Jupiter in mid-December, 2017, as Juno was completing its 10th close flyby, at a distance of about 8,500 miles from the cloud tops. Scientists count a new orbit of Jupiter each time Juno reaches its closest point in orbit, which is called a periapsis—specifically in the case of Jupiter, a "perijove."
© NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

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