NASA reveals stunning images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot


Nasa's spacecraft Juno soared close to the crimson cloud tops of Jupiter's most extraordinary feature - the Great Red Spot - to capture some incredible photos.

The pictures were made publicly available on Wednesday, and while the raw images (like the one above) aren't so vibrant, several citizen scientists have enhanced their color and contrast to show off all the detail they contain from the Earth-sized, centuries-old storm. NASA says the images represent the first close-up view of the iconic red storm that swirls above Jupiter. "That is what I live for".

On Monday, NASA sent its Juno spacecraft skimming just 2,200 miles above the spot's roiling cloud tops. Juno's next close flyby of Jupiter will occur on September 1. It is completing its sixth orbit of the planet, the solar-powered craft will fly around six more times before steering itself to certain, planned death.

NASA colorizes the images and also releases them to the public to edit. The storm has been monitored since 1830 and has possibly existed for more than 350 years.

The Great Red Spot as seen from the JunoCam. Image NASA Kevin M. Gill

Juno swooped close to Jupiter and passed directly above the Great Red Spot on July 10. The Great Red Spot puts storms on our planet to shame.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is perhaps as iconic a feature as Saturn's rings or Uranus' unfortunate name. The Great Red Spot spans a width of 10,159 miles (16,350 kilometers) as of April 3, 2017, according to the recent statement.

Juno launched on August 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

"These highly-anticipated images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot are the "perfect storm" of art and science". "We are pleased to share the beauty and excitement of space science with everyone".

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