NASA finds mysterious ‘face’ in Jupiter’s clouds; see image

Have you ever gazed up at the sky and spotted familiar shapes in the clouds? Recently, the NASA proved that this experience is not exclusive to Earth.

During the Juno mission, a space probe from the North American space agency flew over Jupiter and captured intriguing images in the gas giant’s clouds, which surprisingly resemble a macabre melted face.

The phenomenon of seeing familiar patterns in random objects is known as pareidolia and leads us to recognize shapes and faces in unexpected places.

However, in this case of Jupiter, you really don’t need to be an expert in pareidolia to see a frightening figure in the image released by NASA.

The stunning photos created from raw data collected by the JunoCam instrument and processed by scientist Vladimir Tarasov.

They were captured at a distance of approximately 7,700 kilometers above the clouds of the planet.

Check out one of the images below:

Image: NASA/Reproduction

The figure that stands out was identified on September 7th of this year and is the result of an intricate game of clouds and storms along the line that separates day from night on Jupiter.

The similarity between Jupiter’s clouds and the iconic painting “The Scream”, by Edvard Munch, is remarkable. The face captured in Jupiter’s skies appears sad, worried, and even panicked.

The irony here is that if it weren’t for Munch’s artwork, we might never have made this association, but the figure is undeniably human in its expression.

However, this is not the first time that pareidolia has led us to identify faces and shapes in unlikely places. The “man on the moon” and the “face on Mars” are also notable examples of this phenomenon.

Image: European Space Agency/Reproduction

Ultimately, these NASA images, which are part of an effort to map Jupiter’s complex topography, remind us how much of a visual being we are who love to find familiarity in the images around us, even as we explore the far reaches of the Earth. space.

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