This image of the turbulent southern hemisphere of Jupiter was captured by NASA's recent NASA spacecraft gas giant planet's rapid flyby on December 21, 2018.
This new perspective captures the notable Great Red Spot as well as a massive storm called Oval BA. The storm reached its present size when three smaller patches collided in 2000 and merged. The Big Red Spot, which is about twice as wide as Oval BA, may have been formed centuries ago from the same process.
Juno captured Oval BA in another shot earlier in the mission on February 7, 2018. The turbulent regions and even the form of storm have changed significantly since then. The oval BA has been further transformed in recent months, turning from reddish to a more uniform white.
Juno took the three images that were used to create this color-enhanced view on December 21, between 9:32 am PST (12:32 pm) on EST) and 9:42 pm PST (12:42 pm EST) , At the time of the survey, the spacecraft was between 38,300 km and 55,500 km from the planet's cloud tops over the southern latitudes of 49.15 to 59.59 degrees.
The Citizen Scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran This image was created using data from the JunoCam imager of the spacecraft.
JunoCam's raw images are available to the public to read at http://missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam and process them into image products.
For more information about Juno, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/juno and http://missionjuno.swri.edu.
Photo credits: NASA / JPL -Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran