On July 11, the Juno spacecraft swung near to Jupiter’s turbulent cloud tops. About 11 minutes after the perijove, its closest approach to the Jovian giant, it passed directly above Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. During the much anticipated fly over, it captured this close-up image data from a distance of less than 10,000 kilometers. The raw JunoCam data was subsequently processed by citizen scientists. It is very long-lived but recently has found to be shrinking. In April, the Solar System’s largest storm system was measured to be 16,350 kilometers wide. That’s about 1.3 times the diameter of planet Earth!
Image Credit: NASA, Juno, SwRI, MSSS, Gerald Eichstadt, Sean Doran
give me one day.
give me one day, and i’ll tell you all the interesting conspiracy theories, like the phantom time theory, which states that the dark ages didn’t happen and the year is actually 1719. i’m not crazy, and i don’t believe in them, but i think they’re the most interesting thing.
give me one day, and i can fill your head with every theory we have about multiple universes, about the giant perpetual storm on jupiter, how volcanoes were essential to life, how the moon was created, and a step by step walk through of the seconds following the big bang.
give me one day, and i’ll drive you to the best ice cream shop in the cutest little area that barely counts as a town.
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give me one day. and if at the end of it you don’t Love me, i’ll let you go.
Jupiter is a planet of extremes—it’s the biggest in our solar system, it spins the fastest, it hosts the most moons, and it has the most turbulent atmosphere. But one of its most recognizable features, an enormous storm known as the Great Red Spot, may soon be a thing of the past. In this Science Bulletin video, see how the storm, which has been getting smaller for decades, is now shrinking faster than ever.