NASA's Juno Spacecraft's Rendezvous With Jupiter's Mammoth Cyclone

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is 1.3 times as wide as Earth

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is 1.3 times as wide as Earth

NASA's Juno spacecraft took this raw image of the Great Red Spot on the planet Jupiter to get a better look at the raging storm.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is an enormous anticyclonic storm, nearly 10,000 miles wide, that scientists believe has been raging on the gas giant for as long as 350 years.

Juno launched on August 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

NASA's Juno spacecraft flew directly over Jupiter's "Great Red Spot" on Monday, and NASA is asking talented civilians to assist in processing the raw data it gathered.

"We'll also see the dynamics and the sheer beauty of the Great Red Spot for the first time", he added.

On July 4, Juno logged one year in Jupiter orbit, marking 114.5 million kilometres of travel around the giant planet. The big red spot seems to cause pockets of turbulence in other bands of Jupiter's atmosphere as they pass by the behemoth, though scientists are no closer to knowing how the storm maintains its energy and cohesion. Eleven minutes and 33 seconds later, Juno had covered another 24,713 miles (39,771 kilometers), and was passing directly above the coiling crimson cloud tops of the Great Red Spot.

The process of reading data and images captured by Juno's imager and the camera will take few days, the probe contains total eight different science instrument in it, the data and images have transmitted to the scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. In case you didn't know, the giant "spot" (the centuries-old storm) is the planet's most famous feature, and is about twice the size of Earth. The Great Red Spot is continuously observed since about 1830. Now, people can see the closest ever view of the massive storm for themselves. The little craft entered orbit around Jupiter last July, and has been sending back stunning photos and sounds of the planet since. At this time, it was about 3,500 km (2,200 mi) above Jupiter's cloud tops.

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