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NASA spacecraft snaps breathtaking photo of Jupiter storm

by Brandon Russell | August 4, 2017August 4, 2017 12:30 pm PDT

NASA this week shared a gorgeous image taken by its Juno spacecraft, which shows off the otherworldly beauty of Jupiter’s North Temperate Little Red Spot, an anticyclone that’s been raging for years.

According to NASA, the 3,700-mile long storm is the planet’s third largest anticyclone storm. An anticyclone is described as a weather phenomenon where winds around the storm flow in the direction opposite to that of the flow around a region of low pressure, NASA explained.

The image, which was snapped early last month as Juno performed a close flyby, is the result of post-processing done by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran.

Over the past few months, Juno has performed a number of close flybys—seven to be exact—and it will continue to do so in the coming months. You can view many other images snapped by Juno’s JunoCam (which have then been processed by citizen scientists) in the gallery below this post.

Juno will orbit Jupiter 37 times before ending its mission in February of next year.

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Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...