Surrounding cloud patterns show the Abyss to be at the center 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 15,000 kilometres above Jupiter’s cloud tops. The next close pass of Juno near Jupiter will be in July.
Asperitas form in convective storms when the air in downdrafts (cooled by the sublimation of ice crystals) pushes through the cloud base.
From left: Liam and Roy Fox with kids and brother-in-law Thomas Morgan
Croagh Patrick, County Mayo
Via The Irish Sun:
They posed for a quick group shot outside St Patrick’s Chapel at the summit, before making their descent.
But when they inspected the snaps later, they saw what appeared to be the face of Our Lord in the clouds.
And they say a Bible passage actually prophesied the apparition.
Incredibly, the picture was taken at exactly 15.49 — which in the book of Corinthians refers to “the image of the heavenly man”.
Hovering over Coldplay at Croke Park on Saturday evening.
(Thanks Conor Browne)