Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

 
Jupiter's Great Red Spot photographed by Voyager 1
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot photographed by Voyager 1

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was discovered by the English scientist Robert Hooke in 17th century. It lies very close to the giant planet’s equator and its major axis is 40,000 km (twice the diameter of the Earth. We now know that it’s a hurricane, which rotates anticlockwise with wind speeds around the edge of up to 400 km / sec.

Photo taken by NASA’s Voyager 1 space probe.

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Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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