It may have existed for more than 4 centuries, it's been studied in detail for over 180 years, and it never fails to elicit a sense of awe.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a vast, rotating zone of high pressure - a little over 16,000 kilometers wide today, it could handily encompass the entire Earth, with room to spare. We've seen it up pretty close (by cosmic standards) before, with the Galileo mission, and can watch it in good detail even from the Earth.

But NASA's Juno mission has got us closer than ever, delivering this stunning image from a mere 9,000 kilometers above the spot's raised cloud tops. 

As with most of Juno's imagery, the data is made available for anyone to examine and to apply the tools of image enhancement to. Colors are exaggerated, contrasts are tweaked to reveal new features. But what a statement about where our species has got to - a place where, should we choose, our entertainment is to be found in artistic reinterpretation of data from an alien, gas giant world that is hundreds of millions of kilometers away.

Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, SwRI, MSSS and Gerald Eichstädt