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July 17, 2017 AT 8:00 am

NASA’s Newest Photos of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot

via CNN and NASA

From just 5,600 miles away (9,000 kilometers), NASA’s Juno mission offers a new look at the planet’s famous Great Red Spot storm. It’s more than a spot, really, as photo comparisons show. Its 10,000-mile-wide clouds form a storm that is 1.3 times the size of Earth. That mileage is also 10 times the range that clouds span in Earth’s largest hurricanes.
So just to reiterate: the Great Red Spot is bigger than our planet:
“This monumental storm has raged on the solar system’s biggest planet for centuries. Now, Juno and her cloud-penetrating science instruments will dive in to see how deep the roots of this storm go, and help us understand how this giant storm works and what makes it so special,” Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno, said in a NASA news release.

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