Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Nasa captures STUNNING images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Nasa captures STUNNING images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Jupiter's Great Red Spot captured by NASA's Juno mission, enhanced in color for a detailed view.

Juno's next close encounter with the giant gas planet will be in September.

On Monday, the Juno spacecraft conducted a flyby of our solar system's largest planet in which it passed about 5,600 miles above the clouds of the storm.

What Juno did Tuesday was for the data, but also for the spectacle, as it passed directly over Jupiter's most famous feature-the Great Red Spot-and took a ton of wonderful pictures along the way.

According to NASA, the Great Red Spot's winds peak at approximately 400 miles per hour and have been swirling for more than 150 years.

The citizen scientists expressed their enthusiasm in taking the raw images and processing them, which provide a higher level of detail than what can be seen in the raw images.

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While it is unclear what has kept the storm going for the best part of four centuries, scientists believe that it is essentially re-powering itself thanks to the energy created from the heat.

The Great Red Spot is a storm that's been monitored since 1830 and has appeared to be shrinking in recent years.

Raw image of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter.

On July 5 at 3.30am United Kingdom time, Juno logged exactly one year in Jupiter orbit, having travelled a total of 71 million miles (114.5 million km) around the gas giant.

At the time of perijove, Juno was about 3,500 kilometers above the planet's cloud tops.

Juno launched on August 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. "With data from Voyager, Galileo, New Horizons, Hubble and now Juno, we have a better understanding of the composition and evolution of this iconic feature", said Jim Green, NASA's director of planetary science.

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