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Close-up of The Great Red Spot

15 Juillet 2017

Juno flew directly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot on Monday, passing an amazingly close 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers) above the monster storm.

The raw JunoCam data was subsequently processed by citizen scientists.

Swirling clouds are clearly visible in the 10,000-mile-wide (16,000-kilometer-wide) storm, which is big enough to swallow Earth and has been around for centuries. It's hard to imagine how anything could, since the Great Red Spot is a storm that's been raging for hundreds of years, if not longer. "Now we have the best pictures ever of this iconic storm", said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.

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Information was still arriving Thursday from Juno's science instruments. The Great Red Spot won't be in Juno's scopes then, however.

The Great Red Spot has been seen continuously since at least 1830, though it may have developed earlier.

Launched in 2011, Juno arrived at Jupiter last July. For one thing, how can a storm, even one on the scale of our solar system's largest planet, keep spinning for so long?

Close-up of The Great Red Spot