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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has released a series of stunning images of a raging storm on Jupiter, known as the Great Red Spot, snapped earlier this week as an unmanned probe zipped by.

As planned by the Juno team, citizen scientists took the raw images of the flyby from the JunoCam site and processed them, providing a higher level of detail than available in their raw form.

Southwest Research Institute Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton said: "For generations, people from all over the world and all walks of life have marvelled over the Great Red Spot. It will take us some time to analyse all the data from not only JunoCam, but Juno's eight science instruments, to shed some new light on the past, present and future of the Great Red Spot". "That is what I live for".

The Juno spacecraft reached Jupiter a year ago after being launched in 2011.

It will fly by again on September 1.

As of April 3, 2017, the storm measured 10,159 miles across, or roughly 1.3 times as wide as our own planet.

Imagine a storm so vast it could swallow the Earth and so powerful that it has swirled nonstop for 350 years. The Great Red Spot puts storms on our planet to shame. The spacecraft passed about 9,000 kilometers above the clouds of this iconic feature.

Now thanks to NASA's Juno mission, we've got our closest look ever at the Great Red Spot.

The enhanced-color images show the massive red spot as well layers of clouds in Juno's atmosphere.

Steve Levin, the lead project scientist for the Juno mission, added: "This is a storm bigger than the entire Earth".


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