Jupiter from 6 Million KM

Hey, everyone. Happy Friday. I hope you’ve had a good week. Been a busy, deadline-filled one for me, but, soon, it’s off to the beer store. Speaking of things going places, It’s going to be an exciting week for you if your a Jupiter fan, and I’m talking about the planet, not the Roman god, not the city in Florida… or in California… or Minnesota. Though, those Soviet-era lenses are quite good. I’ll have a couple of Jupiter-related posts to share today, but I’ll try to keep them short (famous last words).

Like we talked about a bit ago, NASA’s Juno probe is getting closer and closer to the Jupiter system. Earlier this week, it grabbed this photo of the planet and three of its big moons from about four million miles out. You can start to see some of the famous features on Jupiter, including its colorful cloud bands. To the lower right of Jupiter’s day-lit side, you can the Great Red Spot. The Great Red Spot is the biggest and most prominent of many storms in Jupiter’s clouds. It’s been observed for over 400 years, which is how long we’ve had telescopes able to see it. It could have been going on for much, much longer. It’s something else. Imagine a storm bigger than the entire Earth. It’s true. Amazing. Jupiter’s a big and wild place.

Anyway, July 4th’s the big day for Juno. I can’t wait. Back at you later.

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