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12 amazing images of Jupiter

By: Katherine Butler on March 28, 2017, 10:05 a.m.
Jupiter's red spot with moon Io

Photo: NASA

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Great Red Spot with moon Io

This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 1, 2000. It reveals Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS) in detail. Jupiter's Great Red Spot is similar to a hurricane on Earth. The gas giant, which was first observed by Galileo Galilei in 1610, is so massive that it's larger than Earth. However, this iconic spot won't last forever. NASA predicts it will disappear in our lifetime.

The composition of Jupiter's atmosphere is similar to that of the sun, mostly hydrogen and helium. In addition to showing the planet, this photo also shows Jupiter's large moon, Io (to the left).