NEW IMAGES: NASA's Juno Spacecraft Captures Jupiter's Great Red Spot


Juno flew as close as 2,100 miles from Jupiter's surface, and about 5,600 miles from the Great Red Spot, which is also sometimes called the Eye of Jupiter.

According to NASA, the storm may be 350-years-old.

The spacecraft captured images of the Great Red Spot and some other features of Jupiter during its Monday (July 10th) flyby.

It then took 11min and 33s for Juno to cover another 39,771km to pass directly above the crimson cloud tops of the Great Red Spot.

As of April 3, 2017, the storm measured 10,159 miles across, or roughly 1.3 times as wide as our own planet. Some of those processed images highlight newfound features in Jupiter's clouds - such as relatively tiny, swirling white storms- while other images have utilized the scientific data to create gorgeous, sometimes unusual works of art.

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The Great Red Spot has more than just good looks going for it.

The spacecraft was about 6,130 miles (9,866 kilometers) from Jupiter's clouds, NASA says. Those interested in checking out the raw images can do so over on NASA's Juno mission website. "We are pleased to share the beauty and excitement of space science with everyone". Juno's next close flyby of Jupiter will occur on September 1.

The July 10 fly-by over the planet's iconic Great Red Spot revealed raw, close-up photos created by citizen scientists using data from Juno's JunoCam imager.

"It will take us some time to analyze all the data from not only JunoCam, but Juno's eight science instruments, to shed some new light on the past, present and future of the Great Red Spot", Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton said in a news release.