NASA captures stunning close-up photos of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Eloi Lecerf
Julho 13, 2017

"For generations people from all over the world and all walks of life have marveled over the Great Red Spot", said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. All the photos were then compiled by several citizen scientists, who were then able to put forward enhanced-color imagery of the spot. "Now we are finally going to see what this storm looks like up close and personal".

The gas giant's Great Red Spot, a 10,000-mile-wide anticyclone, is regarded as the solar system's most powerful storm. Scientists say it will take time to analyze everything.

Juno originally launched in 2011 to explore Jupiter and study more about the planet's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere, NASA said.

The Great Red Spot measures 10,159 miles in width (1.3 times as wide as Earth), and according to NASA, it appears to be shrinking.

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Juno launched in 2011 and began orbiting Jupiter past year.

Nasa's spacecraft Juno soared close to the crimson cloud tops of Jupiter's most extraordinary feature - the Great Red Spot - to capture some incredible photos.

The images were taken on Monday as Juno swung past the biggest planet in the solar system, just 5,600 miles above the surface. "We are pleased to share the beauty and excitement of space science with everyone".

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