MNN Galleries

10 amazing images of Jupiter

Dec. 1, 2010, 10:10 a.m.
close-up of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Photo: NASA

3 of 11

Great Red Spot close-up

This photo was taken by Voyager 1 as it flew by Jupiter in 1979. This photo reveals the different colors of the red spot, showing that clouds swirl around the spot counter-clockwise at varying altitudes. The white spots are cloudy with an ammonia haze. Since this picture was taken, NASA notes that Jupiter's clouds have brightened up considerably.