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Juno's Jupiter: the Great Red Spot

Juno's Jupiter: the Great Red Spot

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, July 14, 2017/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, art and design, adventure

                                               Jupiter's Great Red Spot, 7-12-2017 (credit: Juno/JPL)

NASA's Juno probe orbiting Jupiter, just passed over the Great Red Spot ~5600 miles above the massive storm's top. The scientific measurements and hi-res images are some of the first gathered and now being analyzed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and other research facilities. According to NASA, the Juno images:

"reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through the massive crimson oval. The JunoCam imager aboard the Juno mission snapped pictures of the most iconic feature of the solar system’s largest planet during its Monday flyby."

Scott Bolton, Juno's chief investigator said: "For hundreds of years scientists have been observing, wondering and theorizing about Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. Now we have the best pictures ever of this iconic storm."


         Eye Of The Storm from Junocam (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ SwRI/ MSSS/Gerald Eichst√§dt/Jason Major)

Citizen scientists from around the world were included in the image processing efforts and allowed to download raw images from the Juno flyby and process them. Besides speeding the ability to display the photo volume collected during the close encounter, the expanded human resources provided early availablility of high image detail not seen in the raw forms. Fully completed imagery can be viewed at the Junocam website.


     Great Red Spot, Juno raw and processed image comparisons (credit: citizen scientist Ignacio Osorio, Juno, JPL)

NASA's team of extended investigators say the early results show Jupiter to be a turbulent world, with a complex interior structure, high-energy polar auroras, huge cyclones and “these highly-anticipated images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot are the ‘perfect storm’ of art and science."



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