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Juno spacecraft captures Jupiter on camera

Until now, the orbit of NASA’s Juno spacecraft around Jupiter has been tracked by signals the spacecraft sends back to Earth, but on Sunday, JunoCam― the electronic photographer attached to the spacecraft―captured its first picture of Jupiter from 4.4 million kilometers away,The New York Times reports. This is timely considering that Jupiter will be behind the sun for the next couple of months and invisible to the amateur astronomers who usually keep an eye out for what is happening around it. Now, scientists can refer to Juno’s pictures, which will come at a rate of about four per hour for the next 53 days, to monitor the changes in the planet’s atmosphere. In the orbits to come, where Juno will focus its cameras will be left up to a vote by the public.