Back on October 29, 2018, NASA’s Juno spacecraft was somewhere between 11,400 and 31,700 miles above the skies of Jupiter. And on that date, the probe was on a close fly-by of the planet for the 16th time since its launch. But this particular trip would arguably be more notable than the ones that had gone before. During the jaunt, you see, Juno managed to snap photos that appear to present something rather strange indeed.
For its part, Jupiter is the largest planet to have been found in our Solar System thus far – two and a half times bigger than every other of its kind combined. And the celestial body is also designated as an outer planet, meaning it’s one of the four furthest away from the Sun.
The four inner planets in our Solar System are Earth, Mars, Venus and Mercury; the four outer ones, meanwhile, are Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Saturn. And of the latter quartet, Uranus and Neptune are known as ice giants, while Saturn and Jupiter have been dubbed gas giants.