Jupiter got a stunning new portrait, and the image may provide new details about the Gas Giant’s unique atmosphere.
The photo captured in June by the Hubble telescope shows in vivid color Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and the swirling clouds in its atmosphere, NASA announced Thursday.
“The colors, and their changes, provide important clues to ongoing processes in Jupiter’s atmosphere,” the space agency wrote in a news release.
The European Space Agency, which operates the telescope along with NASA, said the photo confirms that the Great Red Spot, a massive storm roughly the diameter of Earth, is still shrinking. The storm has been raging for at least 150 years, the ESA said.
“The reason for this is still unknown so Hubble will continue to observe Jupiter in