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NASA's Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

12/13/2017 03:52PM

NASA's Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft during its first pass over Jupiter's Great Red Spot in July 2017 indicates that this iconic feature penetrates well below the clouds and has roots that go about 200 miles (300 kilometers) into the planet's atmosphere. The spacecraft also detected a new radiation zone just above the gas giant's atmosphere, near the equator. The zone includes energetic hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur ions moving at almost light speed.


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