How About Interplanetary Pizza Day? NASA Releases Video of Pepperoni-Like Storm on Jupiter

Pepperoni' storms on Jupiter!
Pepperoni' storms on Jupiter! - Sputnik International, 1920, 14.02.2022
The US space agency hopes that findings from the Juno probe to Jupiter will help scientists shed more light on how the solar system formed aeons ago.
NASA has posted a video of a pepperoni-like Jupiter storm on its Instagram account to highlight the phenomenon's actual appearance in a publication that coincided with the US’ National Pizza Day.

“How about Interplanetary Pizza Day? Our Juno mission saw ‘pepperoni’ storms topping Jupiter", the US space agency wrote in its Instagram post.

In the 14-second clip, Jupiter's newest massive storm, which resembles a pepperoni pizza, is seen as it slowly approaches the camera.
NASA explained that the video, which shows an infrared view of Jupiter’s north pole, “utilises imagery derived from data collected by the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument aboard the US space agency’s SolarSystem mission Juno".

“The yellow areas are warmer (or deeper into Jupiter’s atmosphere) and the dark areas are colder (or higher up in Jupiter’s atmosphere). In this clip, the highest 'brightness temperature' is around 260K (about -13°C) and the lowest is around 190K (about -83°C). The ‘brightness temperature’ is a measurement of the radiance, at 5 µm, traveling upward from the top of the atmosphere towards Juno, expressed in units of temperature”, NASA added.

According to the space agency, the infrared image of Jupiter’s north pole was obtained during Juno’s fourth pass over the solar system’s largest planet on 2 February 2017. Juno entered an elongated orbit of Jupiter’s atmosphere in 2016, and scientists believe that the mission’s finding will add to resolving the mystery of the solar system’s formation.
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