PIA01509: Jupiter Full Disk with Great Red Spot

Jupiter Full Disk with Great Red Spot


This recent photo of Jupiter taken by the television cameras aboard NASA's Voyager 1 is dominated by the Great Red Spot. Although the spacecraft is still 34 million miles (54 million kilometers) from a March 5 closest approach, Voyager's cameras already reveal details within the spot that aren't visible from Earth. An atmospheric system larger than Earth and more than 300 years old, the Great Red Spot remains a mystery and a challenge to Voyager's instruments. Swirling, storm-like features possibly associated with wind shear can be seen both to the left and above the Red Spot. Analysis of motions of the features will lead to a better understanding of weather in Jupiter's atmosphere. This photo was taken Jan. 9, 1979 and reassembled at Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Image Processing Laboratory.

Background Info:

JPL manages the Voyager project for NASA.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Jupiter Earth
System Jupiter Earth
Target Type Planet Earth
Mission Voyager
Instrument Host Voyager 1
Host Type Flyby Spacecraft
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Color, Storm
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1999-03-13
Date in Caption 1979-01-09
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01509
Identifier PIA01509