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Hubble Snaps Baby Pictures of Jupiter's "Red Spot Jr."
Release date: May 4, 2006 1:00 PM (EDT)

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is giving astronomers their most detailed view yet of a second red spot emerging on Jupiter. For the first time in history, astronomers have witnessed the birth of a new red spot on the giant planet, which is located half a billion miles away. The storm is roughly one-half the diameter of its bigger and legendary cousin, the Great Red Spot. Researchers suggest that the new spot may be related to a possible major climate change in Jupiter's atmosphere. These images were taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys on April 8 and 16, 2006.

Release ID: STScI-2006-19
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Hubble Snaps Baby Pictures of Jupiter's "Red Spot Jr."

Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Simon-Miller (Goddard Space Flight Center) and I. de Pater (University of California, Berkeley)