Jupiter’s red spot may not be dying. The “Great Red Spot” is Jupiter’s main feature, researchers say that the storm was shrinking for the last 150 years. Last year, NASA’s Juno mission took photos showing that the Great Red Spot is somewhat dying.
Great red spot, is it really dying?
Philip Marcus, a computational physicist at the University of California, Berkeley, doesn’t think the flakes are the spot’s death knell. He and his team of students shared their finding during the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics 72nd Annual Meeting in Seattle on Monday.
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NASA says that the first sighting of the red spot was in 1831. Since then, the storm has been tracked and analyzed each year since 1878, accounting for size, color, drift rate, and shape.
Currently, the size of the Great Red spot could hold two Earths. The storm is like a wedding cake structure, according to NASA.
Marcus said this about the Great Red Spot,
I don’t think its fortunes were ever bad.
It’s more like Mark Twain’s comment: The reports about its death have been greatly exaggerated.
In the Juno images analyzed by amateur astronomers last year, Marcus argues that what they were actually seeing were undigested lumps traveling counterclockwise along the boundary of the Great Red Spot.