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New Horizons Photographs Earth Sized Storm 31

Matthew Sparkes writes "The New Horizons spacecraft has taken the closest ever photos of Jupiter's Little Red Spot, which is actually a storm the size of Earth which has been raging since 2005. New Horizons targeted the storm when it passed Jupiter to gain speed for its journey to Pluto. The source of the red hue remains an open question. Some scientists believe hurricane-like winds lift material from beneath Jupiter's cloud-tops up to an altitude where radiation from the Sun can chemically alter it, producing the red colour. Scientists have estimated that winds in the storm were whipping around the atmosphere at 180 metres per second."
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New Horizons Photographs Earth Sized Storm

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  • That get whipped up? Whats jupiter made of? Cheese? Cuz I like cheese.
  • by weighn ( 578357 ) <weighn AT gmail DOT com> on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @08:20PM (#18522899) Homepage
    while stuck in some outer planet backwater bar, I overheard Jupiter's disgruntled manager - after one too many Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters (ie one) - dejected over recent interest in Saturn.

    "Damn that Saturn to hell! It's smaller, it has less moons, its further away from ALL the major hotels in the solar system. It's more eccentric and possibly on drugs."

    "My job should be easy. I manage the best darn gas-giant in town - but getting press is damn near impossible!"

    "'Ohhh! Look at its pretty rings!' They quip. Simpletons. 'Ohh. Geometric shape!' BIG DEAL! Haven't they spun a bucket of water and looked inside?! My guy has rings too! And some pretty neat storms. Why can't those paparazzi scum run a story on that? God knows my gaseous client gets enough exposure, what with these sling-shot detours and such..."

  • FYI (Score:2, Insightful)

    by StikyPad ( 445176 )

    winds in the storm were whipping around the atmosphere at 180 metres per second.

    Which, for those of us unaccustomed to describing velocity in the metric system, is 402 MPH.

    I'll allow someone else figure out how many Libraries of Congress per fortnight that would be.
    • Re:FYI (Score:4, Funny)

      by Rick Genter ( 315800 ) <(rick.genter) (at) (> on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @09:29PM (#18523537) Homepage Journal

      I'll allow someone else figure out how many Libraries of Congress per fortnight that would be.

      No, no, no. The standard unit for speed is furlongs per fortnight. And 180 meters per second is 1,082,319.26 furlongs per fortnight [].
      • by beavis88 ( 25983 )
        I think 238,110 (American) football fields per fortnight is a lot more intuitive, personally.
    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      I find it slightly disconcerting that someone who calculated m/s into mpg get's modded insightful rather than informative :-D
      Shamelessly ripped from the internet oracle digest #365
      Ladies and gentlemen, we are here today to determine the United States
      measurement challenge once and for all.
      In the blue corner we have our current US champion for many years,
      weighing in at 220.4623 pounds, our hero: Igor Imperial.
      In the red corner we have, weighing in at 100kg all the way f
      • by Drey ( 1420 )
        Could you post a link back to the archives, next time? We could use a little more exposure. :)
  • Picture (Score:3, Insightful)

    by T-Bone-T ( 1048702 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @09:26PM (#18523503)
    "Click to enlarge". Ok. That's all you got? I was hoping for larger.
  • According to Wikipedia: "The Great Red Spot's dimensions are 24-40,000 km west to east and 12-14,000 km south to north. It is large enough to contain two or three planets the size of Earth."
    • Oops - didn't see that it was the *LITTLE* red spot that TFA referred to :/ Is there a way to withdraw one's posts?

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