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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Jupiter's storm may be subsiding

Giant Red Spot in 1979     (Voyager 1 photo)
Mark Twain’s “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute,” doesn’t seem to apply on parts of Jupiter.

The ancient storm on this gas giant has been raging on and on.  It had previously appeared to NASA as a giant red spot, somewhat oval in shape.

Lately, however, it seems to be smaller. Mariella Moon of Engadget reports that the “shrinking” spot now looks “more circular and more orange than red.”

These latest high-definition photos of Jupiter have been made possible by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3.  This camera has also detected “an elusive wave in [Jupiter’s] North Equatorial Belt.”

NASA’s Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy program hopes to also keep a high-definition eye on Neptune, Uranus and Saturn.


Copyright October 14, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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