This NASA image of the day shows Jupiter’s Great Red Spot assembled from three black and white negatives from NASA’s Voyager 1.
At about 89,000 miles in diameter, Jupiter could swallow 1,000 Earths. It is the largest planet in the solar system and perhaps the most majestic. Vibrant bands of clouds carried by winds that can exceed 400 mph continuously circle the planet’s atmosphere. Such winds sustain spinning anticyclones like the Great Red Spot — a raging storm three and a half times the size of Earth located in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere. In January and February 1979, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft zoomed toward Jupiter, capturing hundreds of images during its approach, including this close-up of swirling clouds around Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. This image was assembled from three black and white negatives. The observations revealed many unique features of the planet that are still being explored to this day.
A time-lapse of Jupiter assembled from images taken by the spacecraft Imaging Science Subsystem cameras aboard NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Video and images courtesy of NASA/JPL.
Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Video and images courtesy of NASA/JPL