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In Pics: First images of the Great Red Spot- a fiery storm on Jupiter

The Great Red Spot is a 16,000-kilometre-wide storm that has been monitored since 1830

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Juno, Red Spot
This enhanced-color image of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was created by citizen scientist Kevin Gill using data from the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft. Photo: Twitter

NASA's solar-powered spacecraft has successfully completed the closest flyby of Jupiter's iconic Great - a massive storm that has been raging on the giant for over 350 years.

All of Juno's science instruments and the spacecraft's JunoCam were operating during the flyby, collecting data that are now being beamed back to


Juno, Red Spot
This enhanced-color image of Jupiter’s Great was created by citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt using data from the JunoCam imager on NASA’s spacecraft. Photo: Twitter


Raw images from the spacecraft's latest flyby will be posted in coming days, said.

"For generations, people from all over the world and all walks of life have marvelled over the Great Red Spot," said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.

"Now we are finally going to see what this storm looks like up close and personal," Bolton said.

Juno, Red Spot
Photo: Twitter


The Great is a 16,000-kilometre-wide storm that has been monitored since 1830 and has possibly existed for more than 350 years.

In modern times, the Great has appeared to be shrinking.

reached perijove - the point at which an orbit comes closest to Jupiter's centre - on July 10.

At the time of perijove, was 3,500 kilometres above the planet's cloud tops.

Eleven minutes and 33 seconds later, covered another 39,771 kilometres, and passed directly above the coiling crimson cloud tops of the Great

The spacecraft passed about 9,000 kilometres above the clouds of this iconic feature.

On July 4, logged one year in orbit, marking 114.5 million kilometres of travel around the giant

launched on August 5 in 2011. During its of exploration, soars low over the planet's cloud tops - as close as about 3,400 kilometres.

During these flybys, is probing beneath the obscuring cloud cover of and studying its auroras to learn more about the planet's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

Early science results from NASA's portray the largest in our solar system as a turbulent world, with an intriguingly complex interior structure, energetic polar aurora, and huge polar cyclones.

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