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

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

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.

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.

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.)

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.)

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

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

Lucky Egg Fundraiser  This set up was used at a Red Nose Day Event in the UK. One of the eggs was marked with a lucky golden spot on its base and won a prize for anyone who chose it.

Lucky Egg Fundraiser This set up was used at a Red Nose Day Event in the UK. One of the eggs was marked with a lucky golden spot on its base and won a prize for anyone who chose it.

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

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

Once a year, Jupiter makes its nearest approach to Earth and the Hubble Space Telescope took the opportunity to capture this close-up portrait on April 3. This spectacular view shows up the planet’s colorful, rolling atmosphere, the legendary Great Red Spot and its smaller companion Red Spot Jr.

Hubble Takes Close-up of Jupiter

Once a year, Jupiter makes its nearest approach to Earth and the Hubble Space Telescope took the opportunity to capture this close-up portrait on April 3. This spectacular view shows up the planet’s colorful, rolling atmosphere, the legendary Great Red Spot and its smaller companion Red Spot Jr.

Jupiter: the Great Red Spot  Imagine a storm which could swallow 100,000 Hurricane Katrinas and has been raging not for days, but for centuries. Jupiter's Great Red Spot, which may have first been seen as early as 1655, boggles the imagination. The Red Spot’s colour may come from chemicals like phosphorus which are dredged from belowPhotograph: © NASA / Planetary Visions

Gallery: A magical mystery tour of the solar system

Jupiter: the Great Red Spot Imagine a storm which could swallow 100,000 Hurricane Katrinas and has been raging not for days, but for centuries. Jupiter's Great Red Spot, which may have first been seen as early as 1655, boggles the imagination. The Red Spot’s colour may come from chemicals like phosphorus which are dredged from belowPhotograph: © NASA / Planetary Visions

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