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Galileo Image Gallery: Jupiter

Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Jupiter's atmosphere displays a rich variety of activity, studied by both the Galileo orbiter and its atmospheric probe. Equatorial cloud belts are associated with atmospheric jet streams that alternate between east and west directions, at different latitudes.

Between the jet streams there are numerous circulating ovals of clouds, some of which have very long lifetimes. The largest of these, the Great Red Spot, has been in existence for more than 300 years, since the first recorded observations of the planet.

Upon arrival at Jupiter in 1995, the Galileo Probe penetrated the top most cloudily layers of Jupiter's atmosphere and returned a Jovian weather report on temperature, pressure, composition, winds, and lightning in the vicinity of the probe. The probe was no designed to take images, but it returned a wealth of information about the conditions in the Jovian "hot spot" through which it descended.

From orbit, the Galileo Orbiter observed the cloud patterns and wind conditions over many regions of Jupiter's atmosphere and watched their changes with time.

Jupiter Images Grouped by Science Objective

Jupiter Images Grouped by Orbit

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