The Great Red Spot is a persistent high-pressure region in the atmosphere of Jupiter, producing an anticyclonic storm, the largest in the Solar System, 22° south of the planet's equator. It has been continuously observed since 1830. It’s a remarkable site and now NASA has released photos of the Great Red Spot captured from its Juno probe on July 10th.
Flying 5,600 miles just above the Great Read Spot, Juno captured the storm, which is 1.3 times the size of Earth and has been raging for the past 350 years. Scientists have been trying to figure out how the storm has lasted for so long, and why the storm appears to be shrinking.
The Juno Probe has been orbiting Jupiter as part of NASA’s studies. It records the planet with radar systems, radiation detectors, magnetic and gravitational field recorders, and more. It has sent back photos of Jupiter’s rings and its turbulent southern pole.
From an article on ScienceInsanity:
“Jupiter is in constant flux so it’s always a surprise to see what is going on in those cloudscapes,” Seán Doran, a graphic artist and a prolific processor of JunoCam images, told Business Insider in an email. He added that it can take hours to complete a single image. Here are some of the most dazzling portraits of Jupiter – and its shrinking Great Red Spot super-storm – that Doran and others have created in the past week.