We are about to get a closer look than we ever have before of the huge notorious storm raging at the cloudtops of Jupiter.
Get ready to witness the Great Red Spot on Jupiter as you never have before, thanks to some mind-blowing technology here on Earth. NASA will be using the Subaru Telescope to take images of the weather in Jupiter’s atmosphere and combine it with efforts by the Juno spacecraft currently orbiting the gas giant to create an incredible image that should tell us a lot about this mysterious storms.
These images have been taken by the Subaru Telescope multiple times in the last few months, and scientists plan to combine those with the first ever close up study of the Great Red Spot by Juno planned for July 10. At that time, Juno will zoom right over the famous storm and will be just 9,000 kilometers away at its closest.
The Subaru Telescope, which is located on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, will use the COoled Mid-Infrared Camera and Spectrometer (COMICS) mounted on its to enhance the Juno mission.
“Throughout the Juno mission, numerous observations of Jupiter by Earth-based telescopes have been acquired in coordination with the mission, to help Juno investigate the giant planet’s atmosphere,” the NASA statement reads. “On May 18, 2017, the Gemini North telescope and the Subaru Telescope, both on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea peak, simultaneously examined Jupiter in very high resolution at different wavelengths. These latest observations supplement others earlier this year in providing information about atmospheric dynamics at different depths at the Great Red Spot and other regions of Jupiter.”