The first closeup photos of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot are in! These were taken during yesterday evening’s close flyby and show the 1.3 Earth-diameter-wide storm in more detail than ever. Trapped between two jet streams, the storm’s been spinning in circles as it slowly drifts around the planet for more than 350 years. Galileo never saw it with his tiny scope, but sketches made not long after by other astronomers later that century clearly show it.
“These highly-anticipated images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot are the ‘perfect storm’ of art and science. With data from Voyager, Galileo, New Horizons, Hubble and now Juno, we have a better understanding of the composition and evolution of this iconic feature,” said Jim Green, NASA’s director of planetary science. “We are pleased to share the beauty and excitement of space science with everyone.”
And I’m pleased to share them with you. More will be arriving in the coming days.