Majestic Jupiter, the militant big brother of our solar system, puts its best side forward *. A sharp new image from the Hubble Space Telescope The giant planet’s wild, ever-evolving weather – reveals short- and long-term changes.
In the northern hemisphere, turbulent clouds may indicate the formation of a new rotating storm, while in the south, a long-lasting storm appears to be slightly below and half the size of the large red space slowly changing from white to red.
If that’s not enough, there’s also a photobomb from the snow moon Europa on the left, which is one of the targets of our search for extraterrestrial life.
The Great Red Spot was the most popular of Jupiter’s storms, and this is the most spectacular feature in this new film. It’s really a huge storm, spinning in the opposite direction, which we think has been around for at least 350 years.
Over the past few decades, the Great Red Spot seems to be shrinking, a mystery confusing scientists, but it is still huge; Currently, it covers 15,800 kilometers (9,818 miles). It is 16,350 kilometers (10,159 miles) below In 2017, But still larger than Earth 12,742-kilometers (7917.5-miles) in diameter.
Recently, the contraction of the Great Red Spot has diminished, but not completely stopped.
Just below that is the storm Oval BA. It is much younger than the big red space, but totally attractive in its own right. It Created in the late 1990s Three minor storms that have been raging for 60 years, intensifying ever since.
Interestingly, it started the newly connected life as a white storm. Then, in 2006, scientists noticed that it changed color – turning Red like its big cousin. As you can see, it is not. It faded to white again in a few years. But Hubble’s new film reveals that white is not permanent either. Oval BA seems to turn red again.
It will be an interesting thing to see in the future, to determine if there is any rhyme or reason behind these color changes, but it will be many years before a pattern is discovered.
In the northern hemisphere, at latitude, a very bright white storm appeared, traveling at a speed of 560 kilometers per hour (350 miles per hour). As you can find, storms on Jupiter come and go all the time, but it looks different.
Small, dark hurricane cloves – rotating in opposite directions – follow behind it, embedded in the bloom. We have never seen these before, and scientists think it could be a new long-term storm like the Great Red Spot and Oval BA in the south.
There is definitely a lot for planetary scientists to gnash their teeth at while trying to understand Jupiter’s wild and unpredictable atmosphere. But it is also reminiscent of the beauty and wonder of our little corner of the universe.
*Every page is the best page of Jupiter.