Juno probe reveals crescent shaped Jupiter with iconic Great Red Spot
Scientists have released incredible new images of Jupiter mega-storm from the data sent by its Juno probe that reveal a crescent Jupiter and the iconic Great Red Spot.
Washington: Scientists have released incredible new images of Jupiter mega-storm from the data sent by its Juno probe that reveal a crescent Jupiter and the iconic Great Red Spot.
Below the Great Red Spot is visible a reddish long-lived storm known as Oval BA. It also has a series of storms shaped like white ovals, known informally as the 'string of pearls.'
The images were created by Roman Tkachenko, a citizen scientist using data from Juno's Juno Cam instrument, Nasa said in a statement on Monday.
Jupiter which is the biggest in the solar system, appears as a deep red orb surrounded by layers of pale yellow, orange and white.
The Great Red Spot is a giant, spinning storm in Jupiter's atmosphere and is more than twice the size of Earth.
Winds inside this storm reach speeds of about 270 miles per hour.
In the late 1800s, it was estimated to be about about 40,000 kilometres in diameter — wide enough for three Earths to fit side by side.
The images were taken on 11 December, 2016 as the Juno spacecraft performed its third close flyby of Jupiter.
At the time of the picture, the spacecraft was about 458,800 kilometres from the planet.
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Both the satellites are designed to last for five-and-a-half years but could provide data for far longer.
Between 16 and 25 December, Jupiter and Saturn will be separated by less than the diameter of a full moon.
The incident has drawn focus to the increasing traffic in outer space, particularly in low-Earth orbit.