Jupiter's Great Red Spot Just Got Its Close-Up

This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft soaring over Jupiter’s south pole. Credits NASA  JPL-Caltech Full image and caption

This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft soaring over Jupiter’s south pole. Credits NASA JPL-Caltech Full image and caption

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 incredible pictures along the way.

The 10,000 mile (16,000 km) wide Great Red Spot has been observed since 1830 but is thought to have existed for hundreds of years longer. Then members of the public - so-called citizen scientists - enhanced the raw images.

The flyby on Monday was the closest any spacecraft has come to the Great Red Spot, which is about 10,159 miles in width, or 1.3 times as wide as Earth.

The US space agency's probe passed 5,600 miles (9,000 km) above the massive storm system to take some of the best photos yet.

Launched in 2011, Juno arrived at Jupiter last July. 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.

Steve Levin, the lead project scientist for the Juno mission, added: "This is a storm bigger than the entire Earth".

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

Juno's next close encounter with the giant gas planet will be in September. Larger than the size of our own planet, the storm is one of the many features that has made Jupiter such an intriguing research subject for scientists. Early science results from NASA's Juno mission portray the largest planet in our solar system as a turbulent world, with an intriguingly complex interior structure, energetic polar aurora, and huge polar cyclones. With data from Voyager, Galileo, New Horizons, Hubble and now Juno, Green said, we have a better understanding of the composition and evolution of this iconic feature.

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