PIA00296: Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot


This view of Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a mosaic of two images taken by the Galileo spacecraft. The image was created using two filters, violet and near-infrared, at each of two camera positions. The Great Red Spot is a storm in Jupiter's atmosphere and is at least 300 years-old. Winds blow counterclockwise around the Great Red Spot at about 400 kilometers per hour (250 miles per hour). The size of the storm is more than one Earth diameter (13,000 kilometers or 8,000 miles) in the north-south direction and more than two Earth diameters in the east-west direction. In this oblique view, where the Great Red Spot is shown on the planet's limb, it appears longer in the north-south direction. The image was taken on June 26, 1996.

Background Info:

The Galileo mission is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Jupiter Earth
System Jupiter Earth
Target Type Planet Earth
Mission Galileo
Instrument Host Galileo Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter Probe
Instrument Solid-State Imaging (SSI)
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Color, Infrared, Storm
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1997-09-07
Date in Caption 1996-06-26
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00296
Identifier PIA00296