"Jupiter-NASA"-- Reds, oranges, autumn, warm colors, The Red Storm, enormous

"Jupiter-NASA"-- Reds, oranges, autumn, warm colors, The Red Storm, enormous

NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: Hubble’s Jupiter And The Amazing Shrinking Great Red Spot

NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: Hubble’s Jupiter And The Amazing Shrinking Great Red Spot

This close-up view of Jupiter captures the turbulent region just west of the Great Red Spot in the South Equatorial Belt, with resolution better than any previous pictures from Earth or other spacecraft. NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this image with its JunoCam citizen science instrument when the spacecraft was a mere 8,700 kilometers above Jupiter’s cloudtops on Dec. 11, 2016 at 9:14 a.m. PT (12:14 p.m. ET).

This close-up view of Jupiter captures the turbulent region just west of the Great Red Spot in the South Equatorial Belt, with resolution better than any previous pictures from Earth or other spacecraft. NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this image with its JunoCam citizen science instrument when the spacecraft was a mere 8,700 kilometers above Jupiter’s cloudtops on Dec. 11, 2016 at 9:14 a.m. PT (12:14 p.m. ET).

Jupiter's Great Red Spot, which extends from the equator to the southern polar latitudes, as seen by the space probe Voyager 2 in 1979

Jupiter's Great Red Spot, which extends from the equator to the southern polar latitudes, as seen by the space probe Voyager 2 in 1979

Looking like beautiful modern art: Jupiter's great red spot photographed by the Voyager Interstellar Mission. NASA, space

Looking like beautiful modern art: Jupiter's great red spot photographed by the Voyager Interstellar Mission. NASA, space

Motions on Jupiter - Images from Voyager, taken from January 6 - February 3, 1979

Motions on Jupiter - Images from Voyager, taken from January 6 - February 3, 1979

With tumultuous winds peaking at about 400 mph, the Great Red Spot swirls wildly over Jupiter’s skies. The spot and what causes its swirl of reddish hues remains a mystery. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1N8rudD #NASABeyond

With tumultuous winds peaking at about 400 mph, the Great Red Spot swirls wildly over Jupiter’s skies. The spot and what causes its swirl of reddish hues remains a mystery. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1N8rudD #NASABeyond

Jupiter's Great Red Spot. The Great Red Spot is a great anti-cyclonic (high pressure) storm akin to a hurricane on Earth, but it is enormous (three Earths would fit within its boundaries) and it has persisted for at least the 400 years that humans have observed it through telescopes. Since it is anti-cyclonic in Jupiter's Southern hemisphere, the rotation is counterclockwise, with a period of about 6 days. (A hurricane in Earth's Southern hemisphere rotates clockwise.)

Jupiter's Great Red Spot. The Great Red Spot is a great anti-cyclonic (high pressure) storm akin to a hurricane on Earth, but it is enormous (three Earths would fit within its boundaries) and it has persisted for at least the 400 years that humans have observed it through telescopes. Since it is anti-cyclonic in Jupiter's Southern hemisphere, the rotation is counterclockwise, with a period of about 6 days. (A hurricane in Earth's Southern hemisphere rotates clockwise.)

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