Juno launched in 2011 and entered Jupiter’s orbit in 2016. So far, scientists have learned that Jupiter’s poles are completely covered in Earth-sized storms, and its magnetic field is even stronger than they initially expected.
The July 10 fly-by over the planet’s iconic Great Red Spot revealed raw, close-up photos created by citizen scientists using data from Juno’s JunoCam imager.
“Now we have the best pictures ever of this iconic storm. It will take us some time to analyze all the data from not only JunoCam, but Juno’s eight science instruments, to shed some new light on the past, present and future of the Great Red Spot,” Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton said in a news release.