NASA has officially released today the enhanced-colour photos of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot that were captured by Juno spacecraft. Juno’s recent flyby over Jupiter has enabled the probe to capture the stunning close photos ever taken on the Great Red Spot. On July 10, NASA’s Juno passed by Jupiter at almost 5,600 miles on top of the planet’s whirling clouds exploring the interiors of the storm on Jupiter planet that has been in existence for hundreds of years.
The images brings out a selection of previously undetected features of the giant red spot revealing clues that could provide more insight on what truly happens on the great gas planet. Though NASA had previously released raw images captured by Juno, the newest photos discharged by the space agency are processed and detailed, and are intended to provide scientists with updated information about the largest planet in the solar system.
The images of the Great Red Spot disclose a mesh of dark clouds entwining through a massive crimson oval. Since 1830, scientists have been monitoring Jupiter planet investigating the great storm that has existed for over 350 years. The latest probe has brought significant findings that would support scientists to discover more about the iconic storm.
Scientists are still compiling data from Juno’s eight science instruments and it will take quite some time before a complete analysis is released to the public. Based on NASA findings, the giant spot is about 10,159 miles wide which makes it to be 1.3 times bigger than the Earth. Previous studies indicated that the Great Red Spot was changing color and shrinking.
Juno passed directly over the twirling, crimson clouds of the storm with all its instruments functioning properly. The data and images collected are now being released to the Earth. Juno probe was launched in 2011 and has been exploring the atmospheres around Jupiter.
Earlier findings of Juno have depicted Jupiter as the turbulent planet, with a fascinating complex interior structure, a vibrant polar aurora, and massive cyclones. The recently captured images will further bring out a better understanding of the giant planet.