The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter yet to be explored by the scientists. The chances of reaching the planet look slim, especially in the near future. In a recent development, the American Space Agency, NASA, released a magnificent image of the planet, which is hard to ignore.
Juno Spacecraft: The Machine Behind the Photo
The space agency confirmed that a satellite revolving around the Jupiter clicked the recently released image. Juno spacecraft, which captured the magnificent image, was at a distance of around 50,000 to 1,00,400 km from the planet. Juno clicked this image in February from the southern hemisphere of Jupiter, NASA confirmed.
Jupiter in Details
In the official statement, NASA described the size of Jupiter comparing with other celestial bodies. Jupiter contains around twice the combined mass of all the celestial objects revolving the sun, the statement claimed. This includes all the planets and their respective moons, comets, and asteroids.
While releasing the image, NASA revealed that the composition of the planet is quite similar to a star. Like most of the stars, Hydrogen, and Helium contributes the majority portion of the total mass of Jupiter. Scientists believe that during the formation of the planet, its size was around 80 times bigger than the present size. But, ammonia and hydrogen sulfide dominates the atmospheric composition of the planet.
Jupiter’s Contribution to Earth
Many people don’t know about the contribution of Jupiter for the planet earth. It protects earth from many asteroid collision. The massive gravitational pull attracts most of the asteroid in the region, which ensures the safety of the other planets.
Scientists believe that Europa, one of the moons of the planet, can potentially host life, due to its favourable condition. The presence of ice will help to prevent harmful solar radiations.