Cool HD Video Reveals New Features of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Written by on October 14, 2015 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 6 Comments

Source NASA Goddard

Every year, the Hubble Space Telescope snaps a family portrait of the Solar System. It images each planet in detail, giving scientists a chance to spot any changes over time.

The observations are designed to capture a broad range of features, including winds, clouds, storms and atmospheric chemistry. These annual studies will help current and future scientists see how such giant worlds change over time.

Jupiter is the first to get its new close-up, and the new ultra-HD 4K images have revealed some interesting new features, including a rare wave just above the planet’s equator, and a stringy feature in its Great Red Spot.

Jupiter’s trademark red spot is actually a very long duration storm that has been rumbling south of the planet’s equatorial region for at least 300 years, since before the dawn of modern astronomy. However, the storm is weakening, causing the spot to shrink.

Although the rate of shrinkage has recently slowed, the spot is 240 kilometers (150 miles) smaller than it was last year. 100 years ago, the spot was around 40,000 kilometers (25,000 miles) wide, it is now less than half that width.

As the spot has shrunk, its color has also become more anemic, losing some of its redness.

Also, as these new Hubble observations show, a strange wispy structure has formed inside the storm, becoming warped by the high-speed winds that have been clocked at a speed of 540 kilometers (335 miles) per hour. Astronomers, so far, have little explanation as to what this feature is or what caused it.


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  2. 963024817090134@facebook.com' James Karaginis says:

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  5. 10205175617046092@facebook.com' Anthony K. Allen says:

    Looks like climate change on Jupiter, guess humans can be blamed for this also…

  6. 10206402130385535@facebook.com' Matt Bronkhorst says:

    Very interesting…….?

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