Queensland stargazer snaps “death throes” of Jupiter storm

Credit: Anthony Wesley

Backyard astronomer Anthony Wesley has wowed the experts by capturing a mega weather change pattern on the solar system’s biggest planet.

Not only that, the Rubyvale resident used his homemade telescope to snap these incredible photos of Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot, a massive storm first sighted by Galileo some 400 years ago.

“I’m a Jupiter enthusiast.” Wesley’s homemade telescope. Credit: jupiter.samba.org

“It’s been quite dramatic … [the images have been] showing the spot in a state that nobody’s ever seen before,” Wesley told ABC news.

The raging storm could be easing up.  

“Large, enormous pieces of storm are being shredded off by other storms nearby and Jupiter’s red spot is shrinking, shrinking much more rapidly than it has been seen.

“No one has really seen this happen before and no one can really predict what is going to happen,” he said.

Wesley’s intrepid curiosity about the fifth planet from the sun, which has 79 moons, has certainly paid off.

“What Anthony has been doing here is produce photos that I’ve not  seen even with giant telescopes,” Australia’s Astro Space News editor David Reneke told ABC.

NASA: Jupiter’s Great Red Spot taken from the Juno spacecraft in 2016