The Juno space probe was able to capture some amazing images of Jupiter last week. For those who don’t know, Juno did a flyby of the gas giant last week Monday where it was able to take a few images of the planet in great detail. The focal point for the flyby was the Great Red Spot. Juno was able to take these amazing images.
This incredible picture was created by citizen scientist Kevin Gill using data from the JunoCam. It shows the Great Red Spot in phenomenal detail.
Images taken by Juno were downloaded from the memory of the spacecraft on last Tuesday. However, the images were only made available later that week. As planned, the Juno team handed over the raw images to citizen scientists. They then processed the images to provide a higher level of detail to provide images such as the one by Kevin Gill. All of the citizen scientist images and their raw counterparts can be found here if you’d like to see them.
As expected, it will take some time for the team to full analyse all of the data that was collected. In addition to the Juno camera, the eight scientific instruments were active during the flyby. All of the data from this event is being recovered by scientists for evaluation. NASA already confirms that the next flyby for the planet will be on September 1st.
According to NASA, the Great Red Spot appears to be slowly shrinking now. However, the exact rate of this is still uncertain. This is why the data collected by Juno will be crucial to all scientists studying the planet and the Great Red Spot which continues to spin.
We will bring you more news on this once NASA makes some new announcements.