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

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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Great spotted woodpecker. About blackbird-sized and striking black-and-white. It has a very distinctive bouncing flight and spends most of its time clinging to tree trunks and branches, often trying to hide on the side away from the observer. Its presence is often announced by its loud call or by its distinctive spring 'drumming' display. The male has a distinctive red patch on the back of the head and young birds have a red crown.

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Crescent Jupiter with the Great Red Spot This image of a crescent Jupiter and the iconic Great Red Spot was created by a citizen scientist (Roman Tkachenko) using data from Juno's JunoCam instrument. January 11 2017

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Crescent Jupiter with the Great Red Spot

Crescent Jupiter with the Great Red Spot This image of a crescent Jupiter and the iconic Great Red Spot was created by a citizen scientist (Roman Tkachenko) using data from Juno's JunoCam instrument. January 13 2017

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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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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