On Monday night, NASA’s Juno spacecraft is scheduled to be closer to Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot than any spacecraft has been before.
Juno will be directly above the spot, which is actually a giant storm that is bigger than Earth, around 10 p.m. ET tonight, NPR reported. Scientists haven’t yet figured out exactly what created the spot or why the storm has lasted for centuries.
The spacecraft will be about 5,600 miles above the Great Red Spot, setting a record and allowing Juno’s camera to capture images of the continuous storm. Another instrument is designed to measure the gravity field around the spot. Juno’s orbit takes the spacecraft close to Jupiter every 53 days, so scientists can focus on gathering different data for each flyby.
Glenn Beck, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere talked about the amazing space mission on Monday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program.”
“The storm is bigger than our whole planet,” Pat said incredulously. “That’s pretty amazing.”