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.

IANS January 16, 2017 13:04:28 IST
Juno probe reveals crescent shaped Jupiter with 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.'

Juno probe reveals crescent shaped Jupiter with iconic Great Red Spot

This image, taken by the JunoCam imager on Nasa's Juno spacecraft, highlights the seventh of Jupiter's eight 'string of pearls' -- massive counterclockwise rotating storms that appear as white ovals in the gas giant's southern hemisphere. Image Courtesy: Nasa

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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