NASA says it can’t explain bizarre bottomless vortex on Jupiter

“Surrounding cloud patterns show the Abyss to be at the centre of a vortex.

“Since dark features on Jupiter’s atmosphere tend to run deeper than light features, the Abyss may really be the deep hole that it appears – but without more evidence that remains conjecture.

“The Abyss is surrounded by a complex of meandering clouds and other swirling storm systems, some of which are topped by light coloured, high-altitude clouds.

“The featured image was captured last month while Juno passed only about 15,000km (9,300 miles) above Jupiter’s cloud tops.”

The image was reportedly taken during Juno’s 20th flyby of Jupiter on May 29.

At the time, the craft was approximately 9,300 miles from the planet.

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