Juno spacecraft has successfully completed the closest flyby of Jupiter’s iconic Great Red Spot.
Great Red Spot
- It is a massive storm that has been raging on giant planet for over 350 years.
- Jupiter’s mysterious Great Red Spot is probably the best-known feature of Jupiter.
- Great Red Spot is a 16,000-kilometre-wide storm that has been monitored since 1830.
- In modern times, the Great Red Spot has appeared to be shrinking.
- Astronomers also believe a greater understanding of the Great Red Spot may yield clues to the structure, mechanics and formation of Jupiter as a whole.
Juno Space probe
Name comes from Roman mythology. The spacecraft was launched on August 5, 2011, by NASA. Juno is probing Jupiter and studying its auroras to learn more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. Juno logged one year in Jupiter orbit, marking 114.5 million kilometres of travel around the giant planet.