Over the past week, amateur astronomers around the world have seen some unusual activity around the solar system's largest and longest-lasting storm. Shares. The Red Spot is a giant, stable, circulating storm, a huge vortex still big enough to easily swallow the Earth without our planet even touching the sides. Astronomers don’t know whether this spot was the Great Red Spot we know today, but it’s likely. It's been shrinking for at least a century now. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is the single biggest hurricane in the solar system, churning away with wind speeds of up to 400mph. By Robert Roy Britt 09 March 2009. The earliest observations of a massive, red spot on the face of Jupiter date back as far as the 1600s. Because of this, many expected to see the wind speeds inside the Great Red Spot increasing as the storm was shrinking. Jupiter's famed Great Red Spot, arguably the solar system's most famous attraction, is getting smaller. The Great Red Spot is Jupiter's most defining feature, and researchers say it's been shrinking for the last 150 years. Astronomers don’t know whether this spot was the Great Red Spot we know today, but it’s likely. Jupiter in pictures: The iconic Great Red Spot may be shrinking, study finds JUPITER'S iconic Great Red Spot might be shrinking in size, a new study of the Jovian storm has found. cjstaples noted a CNN story proclaiming that Jupiter's signature red spot is shrinking . The Great Red Spot is a persistent high-pressure region in the atmosphere of Jupiter, producing an anticyclonic storm, the largest in the Solar System, 22 degrees south of Jupiter's equator.It has been continuously observed since 1878. I magine a storm so large that Earth would fit inside it. Astronomers don’t know whether this spot was the Great Red Spot we know today, but it’s likely. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a gigantic storm more than twice the size of the Earth, has persisted for centuries. Jupiter's trademark Great Red Spot — a swirling storm feature larger than Earth — is shrinking. Jupiter's shrinking Great Red Spot. Jupiter's Great Red Spot isn't shrinking in every direction, a new study suggests. The new images confirm that the Great Red Spot, a storm which has raged on Jupiter for at least 300 years, continues to shrink. Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Shrinking 270 Posted by CmdrTaco on Thursday April 02, 2009 @11:22AM from the like-my-will-to-live dept. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is shrinking, and has been for decades. A third red spot has appeared alongside the Great Red Spot and Red Spot Jr. in the turbulent Jovian atmosphere. However, its size has been decreasing in recent years, and the size of the Great Red Spot is now similar to that of our planet. Its clouds are shaped by jet streams, winds and vortices into numerous parallel bands, as well as coloured patches, one of which clearly stands out: the Great Red Spot. This is an Earth-sized anticyclone that has been observed for over 350 years. The shrinking of Jupiter's Great Red Spot by ESA/Hubble Information Centre This full-disc image of Jupiter was taken on April 21, 2014, with Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). One of the solar system’s most iconic landmarks is about to vanish. A new study confirmed that even though Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is shrinking, the planetary features won’t disappear or die. Explanation: Gas giant Jupiter is the solar system's largest world with about 320 times the mass of planet Earth. Hubble's Jupiter and the Amazing Shrinking Great Red Spot Credit: NASA, ESA, and Amy Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center) et al. But it won’t always be there. But surprisingly, this isn't the case: the wind speeds aren't changing. Instead, the storm is actually growing taller. "The Great Red Spot is currently an exceptionally rich red color, with its core and outermost band appearing deeper red." The earliest observations of a massive, red spot on the face of Jupiter date back as far as the 1600s. The Great Red Spot is deepening in color as well. Called the Great Red Spot, the storm has been raging in Jupiter's cloudy atmosphere for at least a hundred years. Jupiter’s iconic Great Red Spot and surrounding turbulent zones was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft NASA The largest storm in the solar system has shrunk to two-thirds its original size. A few centuries ago, Jupiter’s famous anticyclone was about three times larger than Earth. Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Shrinking. The earliest observations of a massive, red spot on the face of Jupiter date back as far as the 1600s. Earlier observations from 1665 to 1713 are believed to be of the same storm; if this is correct, it has existed for at least 360 years. Jupiter's Shrinking Great Red Spot (Narrated) Jupiter's Shrinking Great Red Spot (Unnarrated) Solar System Exoplanets Stars and Nebulas Galaxies Universe Cosmic Wonders The Telescope 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 This downsizing, which is changing the shape of the spot from an oval into a circle, has been known about since the 1930s, but now these striking new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope images capture the spot at a smaller size than ever before. but has suddenly decreased in size in recent years. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is shrinking, and has been for decades. Scientists have noticed that Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been getting smaller in area over time. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot may be shrinking, but its thickness remains constant, reveals new research from a French university. Everything about Jupiter is super-sized, including its colorful, turbulent atmosphere. That Earth-sized storm is on Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. But there's fresh evidence that one of the planet's most recognizable features, the Great Red Spot, is shrinking. Jupiter’s great red spot is shrinking and scientists don’t know why. Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System, is mainly made up of liquids and gases. It's been around for centuries, but Jupiter's Great Red Spot is shrinking, and doing so at an accelerating rate. Jupiter is home to one of the largest and longest lasting storm systems known, the Great Red Spot (GRS), visible to the left. Jupiter's Great Red Spot is dying. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot — one of the most iconic and well known features in the solar system — is shrinking, and nobody knows why. A new study suggests that the clouds are shrinking… The Great Red Spot Shrinking, Not Dying The Great Red Spot was first observed as far back as the 1600s, and regular observations of the Jupiter icon began by the late 1870s. Jupiter's Great Red Spot is one of the most well-known features in our solar system. Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS) has fascinated researchers for nearly 200 years, having been continuously observed since 1830. Hubble's Jupiter and the Shrinking Great Red Spot Gas giant Jupiter is the solar system's largest world with about 320 times the mass of planet Earth. Just a few centuries ago, the famous storm was about three times wider than Earth. Changing Face. Observations from the Hubble Space Telescope confirm that the red spot — a huge swirling storm which has raged on Jupiter for over 300 years — is continuing to shrink and change colour. 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