Jupiter's great red spot viewed by Voyager I

At about 89,000 miles in diameter, Jupiter could swallow 1,000 Earths. It is the largest planet in the solar system and perhaps the most majestic.

A question for Jupiter

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is one of the solar system's most mysterious landmarks. Based on what scientists understand about fluid dynamics, this massive storm – which is big enough to engulf the Earth two or three times over – should have disappeared centuries ago.

Astronomers get a closer look at Jupiter's Great Red Spot

New thermal images from ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) are allowing astronomers to take a detailed look at the solar system's largest storm.