Nasa's new Jupiter pictures show planet clearer than ever before

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Storms on the surface of jupiterNASA/SWRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran
Massive storms on the surface of Jupiter

Scientists using a satellite to explore Jupiter say the planet is covered in hurricanes the size of Earth.

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun, and is so big, you could fit 1,300 planet Earths inside it.

A satellite called Juno has travelled all the way to the planet to take pictures of the surface.

It has taken Juno five years to make the 1.4 billion mile journey.

The surface of JupiterNASA/SWRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran
Juno's pictures show the storms on Jupiter

Scientists have been looking at the pictures to learn about the planet.

The first thing they've discovered is huge hurricanes on the surface.

"Think of a bunch of hurricanes, every one the size of the Earth, all packed so close together that each hurricane touches the other," said scientist Mike Janssen.

Jupiter's south poleNASA/JPL-CALTECH/SWRI/MSSS
Cyclones on Jupiter's south pole are 1,000 km (600miles) wide
Pictures from the Juno spacecraftNASA/JPL-CALTECH/SWRI/MSSS
Juno's pictures show how the satellite flies past the planet

The project is going to last several years, with the next batch of pictures expected in July.