Stunningly detailed images of the swirling gas clouds covering Jupiter have been captured by scientists.

The new images of the surface of the Solar System's largest planet were captured by a NASA spacecraft.

The stunning detail was captured by the JunoCam camera on NASA's Juno orbiter spacecraft, which is specifically designed to take pictures of the planet's polar regions.

The Oxford Times:

The mission is the first one to capture the polar regions, showing the gas giant from a fresh perspective.

Jupiter's beautiful swirling cloud formation was processed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Software engineer Kevin M. Gill.

The spacecraft launched on August 5, 2011 and entered a polar orbit of the planet in July, 2016 and will search for clues about how the planet formed.

The Oxford Times:

The cloud-shrouded planet is two-and-a-half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined and may not even have a surface that humans could stand on.

The photos show Jupiter's southern latitudes and were captured on February 25 and February 21.

For the first time, JunoCam will provide close-up photos of Jupiter's poles, as well as other Points of Interest selected by the public.