Jupiter in near-infrared light
Image: Gemini Observatory/AURA, Chris Go
This image, taken in near-infrared light by the Gemini Observatory, shows two giant red spots brushing past one another in Jupiterís Southern Hemisphere. In near-infrared light, the red spots appear white rather than the reddish hue seen at visible wavelengths. Both red spots are massive storm systems. The Great Red Spot is the largest hurricane known in the solar system. The smaller storm, known as Red Spot Junior, is another hurricane-like system. Red Spot Junior is roughly half the size of its famous cousin, but its winds blow just as strong.