NASA asked the internet to help edit raw pics of Jupiter. Here are 12 stunning responses.

Time and time again, NASA has proved itself capable of finding some of coolest shit in the universe.

Cool shit happening here. GIF from NASA.

Between diving satellites through gigantic space geysers, discovering alien planets and secrets of the universe, and taking amazing before-and-after pictures of our own planet, NASA has just been rocking it.


One cool and underappreciated NASA-chievement is the JunoCam project. NASA's made a huge Jupiter-centric photo gallery, pulling from both official Juno spacecraft images and user-submitted photos. Even cooler? The raw images are available to both professionals and the public and NASA is encouraging people to download and play around with them.

The resulting photos — some of which have been turned into true works of art — are stunning, and NASA has been quietly sharing the best of the best online.

Take a break from your Earthbound worries with these 12 stunning images of our solar system's largest planet:

1. There's just something soothing about the blue and red swirls spiraling across Jupiter's surface.

2. It's hard to have a care in the world — or this world, at least — when presented with these mesmerizing visuals.

3. Check out Jupiter's massive, swirling Great Red Spot...

4. ...and beautiful marbled coloring.

5. The cloud patterns across the planet are straight up hypnotic.

6. They're even more majestic when you realize some of those clouds may be the same size as Earth.

7. This photographer used images to put together this impressive guide to the planet.

8. Other users took used images of Jupiter to create imaginary sci-fi worlds.

9. And others turned Jupiter into a work of art.

10. This fanciful work of art shows just how awesome Jupiter truly is.

11. You have to admit, Jupiter is pretty damn impressive.

12. And NASA is, once again, the undisputed king of breathtaking photography.

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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This article originally appeared on 07.11.17


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