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Today's Picture: June 25, 1995
Jupiter from Voyager
Picture Credit: NASA, JPL, NSSDC, Voyager
Imagine a hurricane that lasted for 300 years!
This picture of the planet Jupiter was taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft
as it passed the planet in 1979.
Jupiter, a gas giant planet with no solid surface, is the largest planet in the solar system and is made mostly of the
hydrogen and helium.
Clearly visible in the photo is the Great Red Spot, a giant, hurricane-like
storm system that
rotates with the clouds of Jupiter.
It is so large three complete Earths could
fit inside it. Astronomers have observed this giant storm
on Jupiter for over 300 years.
For more information see
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory release.
The spiral galaxy M100
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