This stunning image of Jupiter from NASA’s Juno spacecraft is simply out of this world — except it’s not

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The filagree of atmospheric patterns at Jupiter’s south pole bears an eerie resemblance to a phenomenon here on Earth

When I spotted this image of Jupiter on NASA’s website, I felt a bit disoriented.

At first glance, it looked like a fanciful artist’s conception of the giant planet. But it’s actually a real image of Jupiter’s south polar region, acquired by the Juno spacecraft. (Make sure to click on it, and then click again to enlarge it.)

The image has been enhanced to help bring ou

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