The Little Red Spot

Below is a Juno spacecraft image of the northern part of Jupiter at just 16,000 km / 10,300 miles. The image was taken during the 11 December 2016 fly-by.

Juno is on a 53.4 day orbit and that makes the next close approach or perijove in just a few days on 02 February 2017.

All raw Juno images can be seen at the JunoCam site and the public is encouraged to download and process the images and even share your images back.

This particular image is from NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstaedt/John Rogers. Very nice work!

Here’s the NASA caption:
This stunning view of the high north temperate latitudes fortuitously shows NN-LRS-1, a giant storm known as a Little Red Spot (lower left). This storm is the third largest anticyclonic reddish oval on the planet, which Earth-based observers have tracked for the last 23 years. An anticyclone is a weather phenomenon with large-scale circulation of winds around a central region of high atmospheric pressure. They rotate clockwise in the northern hemisphere, and counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere. This Little Red Spot shows very little color, just a pale brown smudge in the center. The color is very similar to the surroundings, making it difficult to see as it blends in with the clouds nearby. Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstaedt and John Rogers processed the image and drafted the caption.

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