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Space: the final frontier.

For art?

In late October, NASA’s Juno spacecraft took some truly stunning images of Jupiter’s clouds. These photos have recently been released to the public, and they are showstoppers.

While the images were color-enhanced, the true beauty stems from the swirls and twisting patterns of the clouds. One of the images was oddly reminiscent of Picasso’s Blue Period, and another is strikingly similar to Van Gogh’s style of art.

When discussing the ‘Blue’ image, NASA described the conditions that were prevalent at the time Juno snapped the fantastic shot.

“The Juno spacecraft … was only 11,747 miles from the tops of Jupiter’s clouds – that’s roughly as far as the distance between New York City and Perth, Australia…. Because of the Juno-Jupiter-Sun angle when the spacecraft captured this image, the higher-altitude clouds can be seen casting shadows on their surroundings. The behavior is most easily observable in the whitest regions in the image, but also in a few isolated spots in both the bottom and right areas of the image.”

If you would like, you can peruse the entire gallery of images by going to visit this website.

No matter your own artistic bent, you have to admit that these images are the stuff of dreams. Imagine: in our lifetime, we have walked robots on Mars and received images from the largest planet in our solar system.

That’s definitely something to be grateful for this holiday season: that we live in such an advanced age. It’s almost magical.

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