Hot space projects produce cool cosmic discoveries

NASA, ESA and others' spacecraft and telescopes find new planet, make sense of old ones and solve cosmic mysteries

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Big Red: Jupiter's Great Red Spot has long been a topic of interest among space scientists. Thermal images from ground-based telescopes such as the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope in Chile, the Gemini Observatory in Chile and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan Subaru in Hawaii – now can see that the reddest color of the Great Red Spot corresponds to a warm core within the otherwise cold storm system, and images show dark lanes at the edge of the storm where gases are descending into the deeper regions of the planet. The spot, which is a cold region averaging about minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit is so wide about three Earths could fit inside its boundaries, NASA says.

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