PIA00829: Mosaic of Jupiter's Great Red Spot (in the near infrared)


Mosaic of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (in the near infrared)

Caption:

Great Red Spot of Jupiter as seen through the near-infrared (756 nm) filter of the Galileo imaging system. The image is a mosaic of six images that have been map-projected to a uniform grid of latitude and longitude. North is at the top. The mosaic was taken over an 80 second interval beginning at universal time 4 hours, 19 minutes, 40 seconds, on June 26, 1996. The Red Spot is 20,000 km long and has been followed by observers on Earth since the telescope was invented 300 years ago. It is a huge storm made visible by variations in the composition of the cloud particles. The Red Spot is not unique, but is simply the largest of a class of long-lived vortices, some of which are visible in the lower part of the image.

Background Info:

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA manages the mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, DC.

This image and other images and data received from Galileo are posted on the World Wide Web, on the Galileo mission home page at URL http://galileo.jpl.nasa.gov. Background information and educational context for the images can be found at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/sepo .

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)
Detector
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Grayscale, Infrared, Map, Storm
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1999-09-27
Date in Caption 1996-06-26
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00829
Identifier PIA00829