NASA’s Juno probe has been hard at work orbiting Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System, after arriving at the planet on July 4, 2016. Since then, the probe has managed to capture photos of the planet’s numerous cyclones and storms.
Earlier this year, Juno’s flyby over Jupiter resulted in a series of photos that shows of a blue-tinted area on the planet that is covered in cyclones. These oval-shaped storms measure 600 miles in diameter.
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While the Great Red Spot has been shrinking over the years since it was first spotted, this particular storm still remains as the largest active cyclone on Jupiter’s surface.
For those who wonder how big the Great Red Spot is, NASA has also released a picture that depicts both the Spot and Earth in scale.
The earliest known confirmed sighting of the spot was made in 1830, although some theorized that the Great Red Spot may have been sighted as early as 1665.
Here are more photos. Enjoy.
With the raw photos finally out, do expect more processed images of the Great Red Spot to appear online over the coming days. In the meantime, those who are interested in the subject matter can head over to NASA’s Juno website to learn more.