NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: Hubble’s Jupiter And The Amazing Shrinking Great Red Spot

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The Great Red Spot of Jupiter: a storm that's been raging for over 300 years, it's 3X the size of the Earth

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot: Photos of the Solar System's Biggest Storm | Solar System |

Jupiter--it's giant "eye" storm is shrinking. Jupiter's most prominent feature (besides its size) will eventually disappear

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot. The Great Red Spot is a great anti-cyclonic (high pressure) storm akin to a hurricane on Earth, but it is enormous (three Earths would fit within its boundaries) and it has persisted for at least the 400 years that humans have observed it through telescopes. Since it is anti-cyclonic in Jupiter's Southern hemisphere, the rotation is counterclockwise, with a period of about 6 days. (A hurricane in Earth's Southern hemisphere rotates clockwise.)

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Research suggests effects of sunlight produce the color of Jupiter's Great Red Spot.

Voyager's pictures of Jupiter's great red spot. This is such a beautiful picture.

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The great red spot and smaller spot on Jupiter. Eternal stormy areas which circle the globe continually because there is no land mass beneath the clouds to cause the storm to short out electrically. Hurricanes, cyclones etc on earth short out once they make landfall.

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