NASA’s Juno Captures Never-Before-Seen ‘Little Red Spot’ on Jupiter
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NASA’s Juno Captures Never-Before-Seen ‘Little Red Spot’ on Jupiter

NASA’s implemented Jupiter Probe – the Juno Spacecraft has yet again clicked something stunning and incredible on its orbiting planet. In a recent close flyby, the Juno spaceship photographed the never-before-seen ‘Little Red Spot” on Jupiter. With such explicit details, no spaceships have ever clicked pictures of any planet. As mentioned by NASA, the Little Red Spot is nothing other than a massive storm with intense winds, swiveling the planet at up to 617km per hour or 384mph.This red spot, which is being traced since last 23 years is a giant storm called ‘NN-LRS-1’.

The storm called ‘Little Red Spot’ is whirling over Jupiter’s surface, casting a ruddy elliptical dot on the planet. The stunning image was clicked by the onboard JunoCam of NASA’s Juno spacecraft on 11th December 2016. The image is clearly revealing the hard-to-believe details of Jupiter’s marbled surface, including the illustrious ‘Red Spot’ that has being tracked by the scientists since last 23 years.

In the image, published by NASA, the ‘little red spot’ is situated in the center left of the frame and winds, in this region is estimated hit up to 384mph (617km/h). At the time, when the picture was clicked, Juno spacecraft was positioned at a height of 16,600 kilometers (10,300 miles) over the cloud tops of Jupiter. The Little Red spot is situated at Jupiter’s northern latitude and is revealing a very little color on the planet.

During a very close flyby to Jupiter’s outer edge, NASA’s Juno spacecraft clicked the view on December 11, 2016, at 8:47 am PST at an altitude of 10, 300 miles (16, 600 km) over the planet’s cloud peak. Recently, the jaw-dropping image was uploaded on the internet by citizen scientist Gerald Eichstaedt and John Rogers.

Since more than two decades, astronomers, across the globe have been enthralled by one of the most unpredictable climatic systems of the cosmos, which also involves massive storms and supersonic wind jets, as well as such red spots. Some of the space researches previously envisage the clouds of Jupiter’s upper atmosphere to be made of ammonia, ammonium hydrosulfide, and water. However, up to date, scientists are unable to define how the reactions of such chemicals are giving the storms colors like those in the Great Red Spot. The detailed picture of the little red spot on Jupiter now believes to pave the new paths for the scientists to study the mysterious weather system of the world.