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The Shrinking Giant Red Spot of Jupiter 160

schwit1 (797399) writes "Jupiter's trademark Great Red Spot — a swirling storm feature larger than Earth — is shrinking. 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."
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The Shrinking Giant Red Spot of Jupiter

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  • Better question (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jfdavis668 ( 1414919 ) on Friday May 16, 2014 @06:42AM (#47016021)
    What has keep it going all these years?
  • Re:Rate of shrinkage (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Noryungi ( 70322 ) on Friday May 16, 2014 @08:03AM (#47016331) Homepage Journal

    Interesting. Makes me wonder, what is they age of the feature?

    Oldest reports of the Red Spot on Jupiter have been tentatively dated (roughly) to the late 1600s. It was studied by Cassini (the original astronomer, not the satellite of the same name). It's been studied extensively since the early 1800s. So we are talking about a storm raging on Jupiter that has been going on for 400+ years at least.

    Think about this: that storm -- 3 times to size of the Earth at its biggest -- has been visible from the Earth for 400+ years. With winds hundreds of kilometers an hour running inside.

    And now it's dying, and we may be witnesses to an amzing events in the coming years. Thinking about it gives me chills.

The moon may be smaller than Earth, but it's further away.