NASA’s Juno spacecraft sends some stunning pictures of the planet Jupiter.
The US space agency has dubbed it “Jupiter Marble,” a reference to an image of Earth called the “Blue Marble,” which was taken in 1972 by the crew of Apollo 17 on their way to the Moon.
According to NASA, the stunning new photo was assembled from three separate photos of Jupiter taken by Juno in February as it made a close flyby of the gas giant.
The images were captured during the Juno spacecraft’s 17th science pass of the gas giant, according to NASA, when it was located between 16,700 and 59,300 miles above the planet’s clouds. It gives a great view of southern hemisphere storms and of the famous Great Red Spot.
The Red Spot is a 400-years old storm that’s twice the size of Earth. Its winds are as fast as 425 miles per hour. It’s possible to “spot the spot” by pointing any 4-inch telescope at Jupiter. It was discovered by Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, in January 1610, by his homemade telescope.