NASA has disclosed an unbelievable view of Jupiter’s ‘Great Red Spot’ through the data that was sent by the Juno probe. The great red spot is deemed the greatest storm to happen in the universe. The deep red orb is surrounded by several layers of storms-like ovals known as string of pearls in pale yellow, white and orange colors.
The views of the crescent Jupiter and the Great Red Spot were developed by a scientist known as Roman Tkachenko through use of Juno’s data from JunoCam equipment. The images were created in Dec 2016 during the time the Juno spacecraft was flying across Jupiter. The spacecraft took the pictures when it was 285,100 miles away from the Earth.
Recently, scientists have revealed that the Jupiter’s ‘red spot’ which is regarded in 1800s, the biggest in the universe could be shrinking. The red spot is an aggressive storm which was estimated to be more than 25,000 miles wide almost three times the size of the Earth.
NASA unveiled the stunning images together with the new maps of the planet making it the first to enter the annual series of weather maps that detects changes in weather forecasts. The Great Red Spot storm could be considered more of a hurricane-storm that is 10,200 miles wide and about 150 years old.
The Juno spacecraft is expected to complete the first round up study of the storm on July 10. The spacecraft will fly 5,600 miles beyond the Great Red Spot. This will become a great landmark that will avail the scientists will have an opportunity to view the extreme weather found in the solar system.
In addition, both Gemini and Subaru telescopes have tried to get incredible views of Jupiter to further support the data that would be collected from Juno. The supplementary observations using the Earth’s most powerful telescopes are basically to provide a back up context.
According to Glenn Orton, the team needs the spatial context from world point of view to support the findings from the space. Thus the combination of both the Earth and spacecraft observations is a critical way of exploring the Jupiter planet.