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News Archive / Tagged: Great Red Spot

  • Juno snaps photo of two giant storms

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 24th, 2019

    NASA's Juno spacecraft captured an image of two massive storms in Jupiter's turbulent southern hemisphere during its most recent close pass.

  • James Webb Space Telescope to study Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

    Laurel KornfeldJune 26th, 2018

    When NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launches in May 2020, one of its first targets is expected to be Jupiter's Great Red Spot, a large storm believed to have been active on the giant planet for more than 350 years.

  • Juno delves deep into Jupiter’s Red Spot

    Jason RhianDecember 18th, 2017

    NASA's Juno mission, which was launched on Aug. 5, 2011, has uncovered some interesting data after its first pass over the largest planet in our Solar System – the gas giant Jupiter. This data suggests that the massive, fiery-red and centuries-old hurricane known as the Great Red Spot descends farther below the planet's cloud tops than was previously believed.

  • Juno completes historic flyby over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 12th, 2017

    NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully completed the first ever close flyby of the mysterious storm on Jupiter known as the Great Red Spot, and early images of the phenomenon are already being returned to Earth.

  • Juno approaches 6th science perijove and a peek at the Great Red Spot

    Ocean McIntyreJuly 8th, 2017

    Just a few days after the one-year anniversary of Juno's insertion into orbit above Jupiter, the spacecraft will make its sixth science pass over the planet’s cloud tops. The pass on July 10, 2017, will be one of special interest, as it will be passing over the iconic Great Red Spot.

  • Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is heat source for its upper atmosphere

    Jim SharkeyAugust 2nd, 2016

    A NASA-funded study published in the July 27 issue of the journal Nature suggests Jupiter's Great Red Spot may be the heat source behind surprisingly high temperatures in the giant planet's upper atmosphere. Temperatures in Jupiter's upper atmosphere are similar to those found at Earth, despite the gas giant being more than five times farther away from the Sun.