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Juno offers up stunning new images of Jupiter


Posted on Thursday, 13 July, 2017 | Comment icon 10 comments

A raw image of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. Image Credit: NASA / JPL
The space probe has captured staggeringly detailed shots of Jupiter's centuries-old Great Red Spot.
The $1.1 billion spacecraft, which arrived in orbit around the gas giant back in July 2016, performed a flyby of the planet's most prominent feature three days ago.

The Great Red Spot, which measures over 10,000 miles across, is a huge, violent storm that is believed to have been raging in the gas giant's atmosphere for more than 350 years.

The new photographs are the most detailed shots of this region of Jupiter ever taken.

"It is tremendously exciting," said planetary scientist Leigh Fletcher. "We have been wanting to see the Great Red Spot this close and at this level of detail ever since modern astronomy began."

The image data will now be analyzed and processed to produce stunning new pictures.

"The main impression I have is the beauty of them," Juno program scientist Jared Espley said of Jupiter's atmospheric swirls and patterns. "These are works of natural art."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (10)

Tags: Jupiter, Juno

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 1 July, 2017, 2:16
Earth-based Views of Jupiter to Enhance Juno Flyby  
Comment icon #2 Posted by Astra. on 1 July, 2017, 2:35
It truly is mind boggling that this great raging storm is 16,000 km wide, and has continued to swirl for centuries. I can't wait to see what images Juno has in store for us.  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 11 July, 2017, 20:37
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Flyby over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot  
Comment icon #4 Posted by toast on 11 July, 2017, 20:53
Jupiters surface design looks like a cooperation work by Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt and Joaquín Sorolla. Its of an inexpressible beauty.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Claire. on 13 July, 2017, 0:38
Stunning Images Capture First Close-Up With Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Today, NASA released the first photos from the Juno satellite's close encounter with the solar system's largest storm. Read more: Smithsonian.com
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 13 July, 2017, 0:48
Close-up of Jupiter's Great Red Spot  
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 13 July, 2017, 0:51
Jupiter's Great Red Spot Revealed  
Comment icon #8 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 13 July, 2017, 0:54
Jupiter's Great Red Spot (Enhanced Color)  
Comment icon #9 Posted by highdesert50 on 13 July, 2017, 21:33
Stanley Kubrick brought us the fantasy and NASA the reality. Well done. Thanks for posting.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Dyna on 14 July, 2017, 18:10
Still seems like very distant I would have thought it would be closer. That actually looks like a drawing.


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