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2018
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10. JUPITER’S GREAT RED SPOT IS EVEN DEEPER THAN WE THOUGHT

It seems like an obvious question, but just how deep into Jupiter’s atmosphere does its massive storm system known as the Great Red Spot actually extend? Believe it or not, we didn’t know the answer to this until this year, when NASA’s Juno spacecraft went in for an unprecedented close-up of the massive storm.“Juno data indicate that the solar system’s most famous storm is almost one-and-a-half Earths wide, and has roots that penetrate about 200 miles [300 kilometers] into the planet’s atmosphere,” Juno principal investigator Bolton said at the American Geophysical Union meeting in New Orleans on December 11, according to Space.

Image: NASA/Juno/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran
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