Seeing spots! These new, close-up images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval. The JunoCam image aboard our Juno spacecraft snapped pictures of the most iconic feature of the solar system’s largest planetary inhabitant during its Monday (July 10) flyby.
For hundreds of years, scientists have been observing, wondering and theorizing about Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. Now we have the best pictures ever of this iconic storm. It will take us some time to analyze all the data from not only JunoCam, but Juno’s eight science instruments, to shed some new light on the past, present and future of the Great Red Spot.
As planned, citizen scientists took the raw images of the flyby from the JunoCam site and processed them, providng a higher level of detail than available in their raw form. During its mission of exploration, Juno soars low over the planet’s cloud tops to probe beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and study its auroras to learn more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.
Credit (Image 1): NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Jason Major
Credit (Image 2): NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin Gill
Credit (Image 3): NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt
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