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Jupiter or Middle-earth?

A storm from all angles

Beautiful tumult

Hammerhead swirl

Turbulence in focus

Southwestern style gas giant

Chaotic beauty

South pole

A hungry storm

Face Jupiter himself

Calling John Connor

Close-up

Maximus Spatium

Reds shifted to green

Great American Red Spot?

In Rainbows

Impressionist giant

Why not blue?

Tiled tumult

Trekkin'

NASA's Juno spacecraft sent back the closest-ever views of Jupiter's Great Red Spot last week and invited the public to pop the raw images into Photoshop to enhance or otherwise pretty them up. The result has been hundreds of new looks for the gas giant and its famous planet-sized storm. 

Here, Shawn Handran used Photoshop with Google Nik to add a nefarious edge to the Great Red Spot, giving it more of an "Eye of Sauron" feel. 

Caption by / Photo by NASA/SwRI/MSSS/Shawn Handran

If you could visit the Great Red Spot, which you really don't want to do, it definitely wouldn't be the flat swirls of color it appears to be in two-dimensional images. To give a better picture of its contours, here it is rendered in three dimensions.

Caption by / Photo by NASA / SwRI / MSSS /

Zooming all the way in reveals what looks like multiple monstrous hurricanes making up the larger, tumultuous spot.

Caption by / Photo by NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

The color has been adjusted in this close-up of the almost infinite number of swirling storms in Jupiter's thick atmosphere.

Caption by / Photo by NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Scot Hampton

Running the red spot through a few filters makes it look retro and tumultuous at the same time.

Caption by / Photo by NASA/SwRI/MSSS/Shawn Handran

A bit of color saturation added to Jupiter's "eye."

Caption by / Photo by NASA/SwRI/MSSS/Elena Gissi

This image was post-processed to bring out fine details and colors of a broad swath of the planet.  

Caption by / Photo by NASA/SwRI/MSSS/Alex G. Orphanos

A color enhanced view of Jupiter's south pole.

Caption by / Photo by NASA/SwRI/MSSS/hezad

Let's hope that big red spot never gets hungry, because it could swallow Earth whole pretty easily. 

Caption by / Photo by NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

As if the bone-crushing gravity and pressures of Jupiter weren't enough, some mirroring and filters make it even more freaky.

Caption by / Photo by NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Rafa-007

Is it really a gas giant? Or made up of liquid metal sent back from the future? This enhancement that conjures visions of "Terminator" makes me wonder.

Caption by / Photo by NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Aquidneck Dying Light Photography

Look deep into Jupiter's planet-sized storm and you'll wish you had some planet-sized eye drops to offer to this huge, bloodshot feature on the gas giant.

Caption by / Photo by NASA/SwRI/MSSS/Scot Hampton

This image runs Jupiter through "contrast color range enhancement plus large flat detail extraction enhancement" to bring out the ... I don't know what, but it looks pretty cool.

Caption by / Photo by NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Ian Robertson

Red is overrated. Here's the same world outfitted with a nifty new green spot.

Caption by / Photo by NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Ian Robertson

Though the Great Red spot has shrunk over the years, its size remains impressive yet still hard to conceive without some Earthly comparison.

Caption by / Photo by NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Jason Major / Tony Rice

Running Jupiter's profile through a variety of filters provides a more psychedelic view.

Caption by / Photo by NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Adrian Robson-Prigg

Had Juno been beaming images back to the impressionists of the 19th century in Paris, they might have painted it this way. 

Caption by / Photo by NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Chris Garner

Even massive storms get the blues, at least in Photoshop they do.  

Caption by / Photo by NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Kawczynk

Endless fun with effects through software like Photo Lab can produce this abstract crater rendering.

Caption by / Photo by NASA / SwRI / MSSS / John DeVilbiss

Somebody had to do it. 

New takes on Jupiter and the Great Red Spot continue to be uploaded, and Juno is just getting going with its formal science mission phase that will surely include many more images to come.

Caption by / Photo by NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Amelia Carolina Sparavigna
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