Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Jupiter's stunning Great Red Spot, seen like never before

Jupiter's stunning Great Red Spot, seen like never before

The close fly-by was completed during Juno's sixth scientific orbit of the solar system's biggest planet. Now, people can see the closest ever view of the massive storm for themselves.

"My latest #Jupiter science flyby is complete!" But what seems clear after Monday's flyby is that Juno has begun to collect excellent and groundbreaking data.

Praise Cthulu! NASA's Juno spacecraft has just delivered the most incredible images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot-and that's a really high bar to clear. But now, space exploration is at an all-time high and, if projects and mission keep having the incredible success rates we've seen them more or less have by now, we will soon learn many of our Universe's deepest (and maybe darkest) mysteries and secrets. Juno would end up about 5,600 miles above the Great Red Spot's clouds about twelve minutes later.

This is where we will post raw images. That might sound like an extremely long distance, but when we're talking about a planet as large as Jupiter - and a colossal storm as huge as the red spot - that's actually quite close.

NASA's space probe Juno released new photos of Jupiter's iconic Great Red Spot.

Scientists believe that understanding the Great Red Spot more may give more clues to the mechanics, structures and formation of the giant planet as a whole.

We've taken our first close-up look at the biggest storm in our solar system. The Great Red Spot is 10,000 miles wide, which is wider than the diameter of Earth. The Great Red Spot is continuously observed since about 1830. It goes so far up into Jupiter's atmosphere that it reaches 5 miles above the planet's clouds. Although all Juno pics are ethereally attractive, these Great Red Spot snaps just absurd. The little craft entered orbit around Jupiter last July, and has been sending back stunning photos and sounds of the planet since.

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