New images from Jupiter's Great Red Spot

This enhanced-color image of Jupiter's Great Red Spot was created by citizen scientist Jason Major using data from the Juno Cam imager on NASA's Juno spacecraft

"These highly anticipated images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot are the "perfect storm" of art and science", said Jim Green, NASA's director of planetary science, in a statement from the Juno team. The storm has been monitored since 1830 and has possibly existed for more than 350 years.

Now thanks to NASA's Juno mission, we've got our closest look ever at the Great Red Spot.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is perhaps as iconic a feature as Saturn's rings or Uranus' unfortunate name.

The Great Red Spot is a massive spinning storm that has always been a focus of fascination for researchers as well as space enthusiasts. Some of those processed images highlight newfound features in Jupiter's clouds - such as relatively tiny, swirling white storms- while other images have utilized the scientific data to create gorgeous, sometimes unusual works of art. In modern times, the Great Red Spot has appeared to be shrinking.

On July 5 at 3.30am United Kingdom time, Juno logged exactly one year in Jupiter orbit, having travelled a total of 71 million miles (114.5 million km) around the gas giant.

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NASA's Juno probe flew by the spot Monday, passing within 5,600 miles of the planets surface to photograph it up close.

Southwest Research Institute Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton said: "For generations, people from all over the world and all walks of life have marvelled over the Great Red Spot".

The July 10 fly-by over the planet's iconic Great Red Spot revealed raw, close-up photos created by citizen scientists using data from Juno's JunoCam imager. Now, data and stunning images are streaming back to NASA, where scientists are processing the information as quickly as they can. During these flybys, Juno is probing beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and studying its auroras to learn more about the planet's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

Juno's mission is to understand how Jupiter formed and how it influenced the development of the rest of the solar system.



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