New data gathered from the Juno space probe found the depth of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.
The Great Red Spot was thought to be a storm shaped as a flat “pancake,” according to Scott Bolton, principal investigator of NASA’s Juno mission and director of the space science and engineering division at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.
“We knew it lasted a long time, but we didn’t know how deep or how it really worked,” Bolton said in the press conference.
In February and July 2019, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew directly over the Great Red Spot, which is about 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) wide, to figure out how deep the vortex extends beneath the visible cloud tops. Two papers published Thursday in the journal Science have detailed what Juno discovered.Read more