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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot – NASA

This April 1, 2018 image of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was captured in enhanced color by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The image is a combination of three separate images, taken while Juno was performing his 12e flying close to the planet.

The Great Red Spot, a swirling oval of clouds twice as wide as Earth, has been observed on the giant planet for more than 300 years. In 2021, findings from Juno showed that Jupiter’s storms are much larger than expected, with some extending up to 100 kilometers below the cloud tops and others, including the Great Red Spot, extending for 350 kilometers.

Juno is a solar-powered spacecraft that spans the width of a basketball court and makes long, looping orbits around Jupiter. It seeks answers to questions about the origin and evolution of Jupiter, our solar system and giant planets in the cosmos.

Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran