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NASA releases stunning new image of Jupiter’s ‘great red spot’

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WASHINGTON: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released new dramatic images of Jupiter’s ‘Great Red Spot’.

The megastorm has been going for several centuries and is much larger than the Earth.

Also visible in the photo are the ‘String of Pearls’, a series of three smaller storms in the southern hemisphere of the planet.

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But while the image could pass for a photograph, it was actually created by citizen scientist Roman Tkachenko.

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He processed raw data from the JunoCam instrument on the June spacecraft, which is orbiting the planet, to make the picture.

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The publicly available data was collected by Juno as it made its third close flyby of Jupiter.

The planet, fifth from the Sun and the largest in the solar system, has the volume of 1,321 Earths and its radius is equivalent to more than 11,000 Earths.

The Great Red Spot, a symptom of Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere, is around 25,000 miles wide.

 

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