NASA has released an incredible image of Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot and swirling storms in the planet’s southern hemisphere.
The image was captured by the space agency’s Juno spacecraft during a close pass of the planet on Feb. 12, 2019. The colour-enhanced view is taken from 3 images of Jupiter snapped when Juno was between 16,700 miles and 59,300 miles above Jupiter’s cloud tops, according to NASA.
In a statement, the government space agency explained that citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill created the image using data from the Juno’s JunoCam imager.
The fifth rock from the Sun and the heftiest planet in the solar system, Jupiter is what's known as a gas giant — a ball of hydrogen and helium — unlike rocky Earth and Mars.