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Nasa captures STUNNING images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

13 July 2017 4:26 PM
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Nasa captures STUNNING images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

NASA boffins have taken the most detailed images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot in stunning detail.

Since the discovery of the Great Red Spot 1665, astronomers have been desperate to learn more about the swirling vortex of the gas giant Jupiter.

Now, thanks to the historic Juno probe, Nasa has taken the most detailed imaged of the Great Red Spot.

The images were taken on Monday as Juno swung past the biggest planet in the solar system, just 5,600 miles above the surface.

Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, said: "For hundreds of years scientists have been observing, wondering and theorising about Jupiter's Great Red Spot.

"Now we have the best pictures ever of this iconic storm. It will take us some time to analyse all the data from not only JunoCam, but Juno’s eight science instruments, to shed some new light on the past, present and future of the Great Red Spot.”

Steve Levin, the lead project scientist for the Juno mission, added: "This is a storm bigger than the entire Earth. It's been there for hundreds of years. We want to know what makes it tick.”


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