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Jupiter Surface 1

THE GREAT RED SPOT: Here’s a close up of The Great Red Spot of Jupiter. It’s a vast anticyclone located in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere, and is about three times the size of Earth. Visible even through small backyard telescopes, its color changes as different chemicals and gases are churned from the bottom layers up to the surface. The winds at the edge of the spot can reach up to 350 miles per hour. The Great Red Spot was probably first observed by astronomer Giovanni Cassini in the late 1600’s, but it wasn’t observed up close until NASA’s Pioneer 10 spacecraft made its flyby in 1974. Image Credit: JPL/NASA
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