HOUSTON — NASA is getting up close and personal with Jupiter these days, and the shocking sights and sounds coming from the gas giant are making rocket scientist go ga-ga.
A picture shows the electrical charged particles — called auroras — jetting from Jupiter's south pole. They are the closest images we've seen of the big plant so far. The pics come to Earth from Juno, the little space that could.
Juno completed a 540-million mile trek in July through interplanetary space, which lasted five years long.
But scientist said the wait was well worth it. On Juno's first flyby of Jupiter from 2,500 miles above the planet's clouds. The space craft snapped several shots including one that showed the strongest emissions in the solar system.
Researchers said by studying Jupiter's light show, NASA hopes to learn what effects the sun has on the auroras on Earth and Jupiter.
And they're not just pretty to look at! Scientist have recorded radio transmissions thought to be produced by the far-off planet's auroras. The sound is definitely out of this world.
The audio from Jupiter may be a little creepy, but it probably sounds a lot better than what we imagine gas emitted from Uranus must sound like.
On thing is for sure, Jupiter is putting on one heck of an audio-visual show. And with Juno scheduled to do 35 more orbital flybys, this won't be the last time we hear or see the gas giant.