A breathtaking photo of the Little Red Spot
NASA has released the latest photograph of Jupiter taken by the Juno probe. This time, the probe took a stunning photo of the so-called “giant planet”. Little Red Spot – currently the third largest anticyclone on the Gas Giant.
The Little Red Spot has the designation NN-LRS-1 and is observed by scientistsów since 23 years. The size of this storm is close to the size of our planet. The Little Red Spot is „poor relative” The Great Red Spot – an anticyclone thatóry has been present on Jupiter for at least 352 years and is a characteristic feature of this planet.
The picture was taken with the JunoCam instrument installed on the probe. The probe took it on December 11 last year from an altitude of 16,600 kilometersów.
Photo. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstaedt/John Rogers
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. Its weight is two and pół times the mass of all the other planets in our system. Jupiter has at least 67 moonsów. The planet is covered by several layers of clouds, whichóre arranged in characteristic stripes visible from our planet. A day on Jupiter lasts about 10 hours.
The Juno mission is not the first, która will study Jupiter. Previously, probes from the Pioneer program and Voyager have flown near the gas giant. The Solar System’s largest planet was also studied by the Galileo probe and New Horizons, któcruise target was Pluto. In the future, NASA plans to explore several lunaróin Jupiter, including Europa, whichóra under the ice cap holds an ocean of water.