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Jupiter's Great Red Spot could soon disappear


Posted on Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 | Comment icon 10 comments

The Great Red Spot's days may be numbered. Image Credit: NASA
Scientists have indicated that the famous storm could blow itself away within the next 10 to 20 years.
First observed through telescopes as far back as the 17th century, the Great Red Spot is a massive Earth-sized anticyclonic storm that has both baffled and intrigued scientists for years.

Now though, a new high-resolution computer model has revealed that this prominent feature of Jupiter's atmosphere could dissipate completely within the next two decades.

The Great Red Spot has been evaporating for some time and is currently 1.3 times the size of Earth.
Scientists believe that winds, turbulence and heat radiation will eventually sap away all of its energy.

Exactly how it has managed to endure for so long however continues to remain a mystery.

"Based on current theories, the Great Red Spot should have disappeared after several decades," said geophysical fluid dynamicist Pedram Hassanzadeh from Harvard University.

"Instead, it has been there for hundreds of years."

Source: Tech Times | Comments (10)

Tags: Jupiter

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Sundew on 21 February, 2018, 2:08
Unlike hurricanes on Earth, it has nothing to "run into" to tear it apart and weaken it. If they don't really know how it formed or what has powered it all these centuries, it could go on for thousands of years, merely waxing and waning in strength.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Grandpa Greenman on 21 February, 2018, 2:54
I thought it had disappeared a while back, then came back. Now I'm confused.
Comment icon #3 Posted by woopypooky on 21 February, 2018, 7:57
So that red spot is actually a gigantic earth size typhoon lasting centuries? I thought it was eye of Horus
Comment icon #4 Posted by Grandpa Greenman on 21 February, 2018, 19:48
I think that is what wasconfusingme. I get it now,It just changes color onoccasion making it harder to see.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Astra. on 22 February, 2018, 4:42
Well it's good to have learnt something new and interesting today, asI had no idea that Jupiter'sgreat red spotwas slowly evaporating. If the colossal storm does eventually dissipate by blowing itself out.It will be a shame, as it's been one of the most extraordinary and unique features (among many others)that thisbeautiful planet has been known for.
Comment icon #6 Posted by seanjo on 22 February, 2018, 10:43
The forces below, like pressure and the consequent heat, must be enormous. it has been speculated that at the center of Jupiter is a giant diamondcore.
Comment icon #7 Posted by toast on 22 February, 2018, 21:43
I think you mix that up with the disappearance of the SEB (South Equatorial Belt) in 2009/2010-
Comment icon #8 Posted by toast on 22 February, 2018, 21:53
Oh yes: Credit:NASA
Comment icon #9 Posted by Haroldbattschits on 27 February, 2018, 2:21
Hmmm, they don't what it is made of, what causes it or how old it is, they think it should have disappeared a long time ago, but now somebody thinks they know when it should end? Are you fuI got kidding me?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Orphalesion on 27 February, 2018, 2:36
There's also the stuff with Neptune's blue spots that sometimes show up and then disappear again. Oh man, screw Mars, I wanna visit that cloud land...


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