NASA’S Juno mission has captured stunning images of Jupiter’s great red spot that are clearer and closer than ever before in its first flyby of the huge blemish.
The US spacecraft flew just 5,600 miles over the storm late on Monday, offering humanity’s closest look yet at the iconic feature of our solar system’s largest planet.
“This is the juiciest close up of Jupiters red spot we have ever taken,” wrote NASA’s Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno, in a press release yesterday, “from the information we have gathered so far, we estimate the planet to be 4 billion years old, and is currently going through puberty right now and its a little bit moody that we’re taking so many pictures, so we have to be careful that we don’t upset the planet anymore, as it could break out in even more spots and develop a complex”.
The 10,000-mile-wide zit is 1.3 times the size of planet Earth, with scientists speculating that its puss is enough to fill the earths oceans ten times over.
“We’re not sure when the spot will burst, but when it does it will make one hell of a galactic mess,” Bolton concluded.