Jupiter’s great red spot, an immense storm on the fifth planet, more significant than the dimension of the Earth, has been raging since approximately 1830.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Isn’t Disappearing
Some reports from May, however, started detailing that it was beginning to diminish. Scientists had even make some assumptions that it might disappear entirely over two decades.
Currently, things aren’t so alarming anymore, researchers explaining that there’s no proof that the great red spot is fading, or becoming less influential.
Moreover, Philip Marcus, professor of fluid dynamics at the University of California, conducted a project at the annual conference of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics.
He supported his idea that the “flaking” some scientists thought is proof that Jupiter’s storm was decreasing is only an anticipated natural event.
He detailed: “I think that unless something somewhat cataclysmic happens on Jupiter, it will last for the indefinite future until the jet streams change so that I would say likely centuries. […] I probably just gave it the kiss of death, and it’ll probably fall apart next week, but that’s the way science works.”
The Great Red Spot
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot represents an enormous storm that’s almost twice as wide as Earth. It rounds the planet in its southern hemisphere. At the storm’s core, winds are moderately calm, but on its sides, the wind reaches the speed of 270-425mph.
Such a rate is more than twice the speed of even the most significant hurricanes on our planet. The structure of the storm contains an eastward-running atmospheric line to its north and a westward-running line to its south.
Those whirling lines are also what created the storm in the beginning and have maintained the storm rotating for more than a century. The Great Red Spot’s dimension is now reaching twice our planet’s diameter.