The Great Red Spot, an enormous eruption of crimson clouds, immense than the Earth have been enraging on Jupiter’s exterior for centuries. We are aware of the two dimensions for some time now but succeeding a close flyover in July, the Juno investigation has ultimately given us an answer about how deep seated into the atmosphere the storm’s roots run. In this process, the mission also exposed two new radiation zones.
While astronomers have been observing the Great Red Spot since 1830, the storm has been assumed to have blemished the gas giant’s face for up to 350 years. As far as this year’s month April is concerned it measured around 10,000 miles (16,000 km) wide, making it about 1.3 times the diameter of Earth.
It may sound imposing but it looks as if the spot is diminishing at a growing rate: When Voyager 1 and 2 whisked past in 1979 on their magnificent journey of the Solar System, the storm was twice the size of Earth. To observe more closely, Juno oscillated low while its premiere pass over the Spot in July 2017, and along with a compendium of remarkable photos, the spacecraft adjusted all of its instruments towards the storm. Specifically, the Microwave Radiometer was able to probe deep into the clouds and exhibit how far down it goes.
Scott Bolton, principal investigator on the Juno project said that the most vital question remains that how deep the roots of this red spot are? Data processed by Juno signifies that solar system’s most celebrated storm is almost one-and-a-half Earths wide, and its roots go deep into 200 miles (320 km) into the planet’s atmosphere.