Juno Spacecraft and the Show of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Juno spacecraft flew over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot on July 10 at 10:06 p.m. EDT. This has been humanity’s first up-close and personal view of the gas giant’s iconic 10,000-mile-wide storm, which has been monitored since 1830 and possibly existing for more than 350 years.

The data collection of the Great Red Spot is part of Juno’s sixth science flyby over Jupiter’s mysterious cloud tops. Perijove (the point at which an orbit comes closest to Jupiter’s center) has been July 10 at 9:55 p.m. EDT.
During the flyby, all eight of the spacecraft’s instruments have be turned on, as well as its imager, JunoCam. The images of the Great Red Spot were downlinked from the spacecraft's memory on Tuesday and placed on the mission's JunoCam website Wednesday morning.

As planned by the Juno team, citizen scientists took the raw images of the flyby from the JunoCam site and processed them, providing a higher level of detail than available in their raw form.
The citizen-scientist images, as well as the raw images they used for image processing, can be found at:
https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam/processing

Measuring in at 10,159 miles (16,350 kilometers) in width (as of April 3, 2017) Jupiter's Great Red Spot is 1.3 times as wide as Earth. The storm has been monitored since 1830 and has possibly existed for more than 350 years. In modern times, the Great Red Spot has appeared to be shrinking.

Image credit: NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran © PUBLIC DOMAIN
Image source>> https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/Vault/VaultOutput?VaultID=10434&t=1499959647

Further reading and references

► NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot>>
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6896

► NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot>>
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6892

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