NASA’s Juno Flyby Over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Soon After First Orbital Anniversary
The great red spot on Jupiter is not a proper name, considering its size is about three and a half times greater than that of Earth.
And this mysterious meteorological phenomenon in the gas giant, which runs on the planet for at least 150 years – even could be up to 350 years – should be closer when NASA’s Juno spacecraft steals on July 10.
At 10:30. EDT on July 4, Juno ends a year in orbit around Jupiter, and maneuvering on July 10 will be his sixth overview of science on the clouds of Jupiter.
Shortly after 22:06 EDT, the spacecraft will be approximately 5,600 miles above swirls and crimson coils of high pressure rotating 10 000 000 wide. This will be the first time that a man-made instrument would be so close to the Great Red Spot.
The eight Juno scientific instruments and the color camera – JunoCam – will be in operation during the flight.
“The mysterious Great Red Spot of Jupiter is probably the most famous feature of Jupiter. This monumental storm has exploded on the largest planet in the solar system for centuries.
Now, Juno and his scientific instruments that go into the cloud will dive to see how the roots of this storm come and help us understand how this giant storm makes it very special, “said Scott Bolton, principal investigator Juno Southwest Research Institute In San Antonio, said in a statement Saturday.
The information collected by Juno when it is passed July 10 will be supplemented with data from observations made from Earth. On May 18, two telescopes on the top of Mauna Kea in Hawaii have achieved very high resolution Jupiter images at different wavelengths.
Observations with the Gemini North telescope are especially used family infrared filters that gave an overview of the upper atmosphere and clouds of Jupiter and had a long ribbon loop that extended on the east side of the Great Red Spot.
Observations Meanwhile, the Subaru telescope cooled mid-camera and infrared spectrometer have made and infrared medium revealed that inside the point was cool and cloudy, more and more towards the center and become warmer and more light in the Regions.
A member of the Juno Glenn Orton Propulsion Laboratory team at NASA’s manometer in Pasadena, Calif., Explained the importance of the data in a statement:
“Observations with the Earth’s most powerful telescopes improve planned spacecraft observations by providing three additional context.
We have a spatial context to see the whole planet.
We extend and complement our temporal context by seeing characteristics over time. And we complement with available Juno wavelengths.
The combination of Earth observations and spacecraft is a powerful contribution to the exploration of Jupiter. ”
Photos of Jupiter Juno reveals new discoveries of PlanetAt gas its closest approach during the flyby, which will take place at 9:55. EDT July 10, Juno will be about 2200 miles on the roofs of clouds.
Before reaching the great red spot, the ship would have traveled 24,713 miles in eleven minutes and 33 seconds. When Juno celebrated his orbital birthday Tuesday he would have covered a total of about 71 million miles in orbit around Jupiter.