The Great Red Spot Is Shrinking

The Great Red Spot Is Shrinking

Jupiters shrinking great red spot.jpg



Jupiter’s famous swirling storm, the Great Red Spot appears to be in decline. The storm is the smallest size ever measured. Measurements of the Great Red Spot date back to the 1800s but in 1979 the spot was  measured at 14,500 miles by the Voyager probes. Currently, Hubble measures the spot at 10,250 miles. The spot is receding at a rate of 580 miles per year and is now circular is shape. If you haven’t yet seen the Great Red Spot in a telescope now may be a good time before it becomes too small or disappears altogether if the current trend continues.


To learn more:


http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-153&rn=news.xml&rst=4148


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NASA

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