Visions Of Jupiter

  • Released Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:51PM

At about 89,000 miles in diameter, Jupiter could swallow 1,000 Earths. It is the largest planet in the solar system and perhaps the most majestic. Vibrant bands of clouds carried by winds that can exceed 400 mph continuously circle the planet's atmosphere. Such winds sustain spinning anticyclones like the Great Red Spot—a raging storm three and a half times the size of Earth located in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere. In January and February 1979, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft zoomed toward Jupiter, capturing hundreds of images during its approach. The observations revealed many unique features of the planet that are still being explored to this day. Watch the video to see a time-lapse of Jupiter assembled from images taken by the spacecraft.

White spots on Jupiter can come and go. They evolve for reasons that still aren’t fully understood.

White spots on Jupiter can come and go. They evolve for reasons that still aren’t fully understood.

Dark spots found near Jupiter’s equator, like the one shown here, may actually be cloud-free openings in the atmosphere.

Dark spots found near Jupiter’s equator, like the one shown here, may actually be cloud-free openings in the atmosphere.


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