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These are the closest-ever images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran
Finally it’s here. The most awaited photoshoot of the year.  For the first time ever, researchers are able to see, in detail, the huge Great Red Spot first detected on Jupiter in the 1600s but constantly observed since 1830. The spacecraft sent back images of what’s really a massive storm raging on the planet’s surface. That data is starting to be received by NASA.

The agency is boosting citizen-scientists like Jason Major to work on the raw images being beamed from the spacecraft. Here are some of those breathtaking images.


 5,500 miles above Jupiter — is looking at waves of clouds made out of ammonia and ice. You can make out details as small as 4 miles across, NASA reports. (The space agency notes that the colors in these photos have been enhanced a bit to bring out more details in the atmosphere.)
 NASA/SWRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran
Credit: NASA / Phablo Araujo / Universidade Federal de Goiá

Credit:NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS /
Roman Tkachenko
NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

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