Watch Jupiter's Great Red Spot Mysteriously Shrink

Watch Jupiter's Great Red Spot Mysteriously Shrink

Great Red  Spot

Jupiter's Great Red Spot has shrunk to its smallest size yet, and scientists aren't sure why.

Recent images from the Hubble Space Telescope reveal that Jupiter's Great Red Spot has shrunk to less than half the size it was in the late 1800s. There was a time when three Earths could fit inside the storm; now, at 10,250 miles across, it fits only one Earth. You can watch a video showing the shrinkage right here.

Not only is the storm shrinking, but the rate at which it is shrinking appears to be accelerating, and scientists don't seem to have a solid explanation.

"One possibility is that some unknown activity in the planet's atmosphere may be draining energy and weakening the storm, causing it to shrink," Hubble officials wrote in a statement.

Astronomers have known about the Great Red Spot since the 1600s, but it was not until 1930 that they noticed the spot was shrinking. Since then, flybys by Voyager 1 and 2 and images from the Hubble Space Telescope have tracked the shrinkage.

"In our new observations, it is apparent that very small eddies are feeding into the storm," Amy Simon, associate director for strategic science at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement. "We hypothesized that these may be responsible for the accelerated change, by altering the internal dynamics and energy of the Great Red Spot."

Could we be witnessing the slow death of Jupiter's Great Red Spot?

Source: Space

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Its clear that our interplanetary war against the evil jovians has finally borne fruit.
Soon the capital city of the jovian empire, enshrouded by the dull glow that is the energy shield protecting it from our retaliation, will be vulnerable to attack. Now is the time, brothers, to launch the invasion. its time to make the jovians tremble. our vengeance is at hand!

The arcane energies of their shielding engines cannot protect them from our might!

It's just housekeeping at work. They won't be finished until the planet is spotless.

Well, it's a storm. Every storm ends at one point. This one will just have lasted a few centuries/millenia more than our casual Earthling storms.

Clearly it's caused by suv's and Chinese coal power plants. Kind of sad to see somethig that iconic shrinking.

Global climate change, obviously.

Ukomba:
Clearly it's caused by suv's and Chinese coal power plants. Kind of sad to see somethig that iconic shrinking.

This guy knows what I'm talking about.

Has anyone detected black monoliths nearby yet?

It's Jupiter's eye. It's finally noticed Earth is staring at it with its huge telescopes and it's giving us a wink. Albeit rather slowly.

This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Tiamat666:
It's Jupiter's eye. It's finally noticed Earth is staring at it with its huge telescopes and it's giving us a wink. Albeit rather slowly.

This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

heh, our planet like dems big girls!

It's caused by man-made climate change from all the passing satellite's.

After all the climate doesn't change without man-made pollution that's why we need more green taxes.

If this thing suddenly pops big again, directly staring onto earth and into my soul, i'm gonna go shit bricks.

Global Warming obviously.

evilnancyreagan:

Tiamat666:
It's Jupiter's eye. It's finally noticed Earth is staring at it with its huge telescopes and it's giving us a wink. Albeit rather slowly.

This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

heh, our planet like dems big girls!

I think Jupiter likes petite planets, more like. (Something about Spartacus here)

And yeah, this interesting, or at least more-so neat, since I've not the slightest idea of why it may happen.

But what does this mean for my horoscope? That's where the REAL news is!

Global warming strikes again, when will we learn...

It is a storm that has lasted for as long as humans have been physically able to see it. That is an impressive feat by itself, but nothing lasts forever, even on a cosmic scale. Were going to lose Saturn's Rings in a about fifty thousand years, although Neptune will gain some within that same time frame.

Eh, there's already a great red spot v2 being formed called the "Oval BA", I'm guessing it's just a natural lifecycle and there's probably been a lot of them over Jupiter's lifespan.

Couldn't tell ya what's causing it, but you can bet the left will find a way say that it's our fault.

inb4 the scourge of humanity somehow did it.

Anyway, cool and sad. :( I wonder if the hypercane will vanish entirely before I die...

thiosk:
Its clear that our interplanetary war against the evil jovians has finally borne fruit.
Soon the capital city of the jovian empire, enshrouded by the dull glow that is the energy shield protecting it from our retaliation, will be vulnerable to attack. Now is the time, brothers, to launch the invasion. its time to make the jovians tremble. our vengeance is at hand!

The arcane energies of their shielding engines cannot protect them from our might!

Amarr has already tried that. The Jovian Mothership turned them into spacedust. This is a bad idea.

erbkaiser:
Has anyone detected black monoliths nearby yet?

Or maybe we should just send robots there to investigate the locals, which they will then mistake for us and be deathly scared.

WhiteTigerShiro:
Couldn't tell ya what's causing it, but you can bet the left will find a way say that it's our fault.

Regardless of what the subject is, you can bet someone will find a way to sneak in a bit of political snarking.

I was going to make a global warming joke too, but I'm a little late to the party.

What we need now is Mars's polar ice caps to start melting. That would be a nice twist.

 

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