NASA’s Juno Spacecraft has successfully completed flying over the Great Red Spot on Jupiter coming closer to the largest storm in the universe. The probe has been monitoring Jupiter’s surroundings for more than a year and yesterday it covered 5,600 miles above the great storm on the planet. The spacecraft started transmitting data and photos on July 11 from the historic first close-up view of the Great Red Spot with a crimson storm that has fascinated the world for hundreds of years.
Juno probe completed its flight over the Giant Red Spot clouds at around 02:55 BST and has reported that the mysterious storm looks like a deep red orb with various layers of orange, white, and pale yellow. The probe is a great milestone in science world since no probe has ever come close to the Jupiter’s most unique feature in history. The first data and images from the probe will be available earliest over the weekend.
It takes several days before a team of scientists at Jet Propulsion Lab, California to receive the data and photos captured by the Juno’s cameras and other devices. Scientists are currently compiling the data before making it available to the public.
Scientists believe that the findings will help the world to understand the mysteries surrounding the forces that drive the storm, how long it has stayed, how deep it has penetrated Jupiter’s lower atmosphere, and why it appears to diminish. Astronomers will also understand deeply the structure and formation of the planet as a whole.
The storm is believed to be bigger than the size of the Earth and has been in existence for hundreds of years since the universe was formed. Scientists are more concerned about what makes the storm to remain vibrant despite many forces that could alter its structure. Previous studies affirm that the storm is powered by the strong force that oozes from Jupiter’s interiors and the powerful revolution of the planet, but the accurate inner findings are yet to be known.