Will a big storm ever pass on Jupiter
(ORDO NEWS) — Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and its weather is very stormy. We have beautiful images of Jupiter showing striped, stormy clouds covering the entire planet.
In fact, Jupiter is covered in storms. Some of them are very small, but some are so large that they can cover the entire Earth.
The largest of these storms is the famous Great Red Spot. In fact, this spot is a cyclone, similar to hurricanes and cyclones on Earth.
It is made up of powerful winds that blow in a circle, much like tea swirls in a cup when you stir it. These winds are more than five times faster than any hurricane-force winds on Earth.
The Great Red Spot is like the grandfather of Jupiter’s storms. It’s been wandering around for many, many years now, but lately we’ve been seeing it getting smaller and smaller.
Does this mean that one day it will disappear? Well, not necessarily.
Jupiter is like a giant striped ball that spins very fast. The light bands are clouds with rising air, while the dark bands are clouds that are sinking.
When you see dark and light bands next to each other on Jupiter, it means that the winds are blowing in opposite directions. When this happens, they can spin large cyclones.
People have been observing the Great Red Spot for at least 200 years, and for almost all this time strong winds blow from it.
Like all storms, it can change from day to day. Sometimes it looks round, sometimes like an egg. Its color can also vary from brownish red to pale red. Sometimes it looks almost white.
But recently, scientists have noticed that this huge cyclone is decreasing. About 100 years ago, the Great Red Spot was nearly three times as large as it is today.
Why is it decreasing?
To understand why it is decreasing, one must first understand why cyclones decrease (and eventually stop) on Earth.
On Earth, cyclones often form over deep, warm oceans and then move onto solid land or colder water. When the winds of a cyclone rub against solid ground, the winds slow down (and thus the cyclone also slows down).
Cyclones on Earth are also affected by other weather conditions and the winds around them, which can cause the cyclone to “flake off” for several days.
But Jupiter doesn’t have a hard, rocky surface like Earth does. And although the air in Jupiter’s clouds is icy, the air in its interior is very hot. This hot air gives the storms enough energy to rage for months and even years.
Therefore, even if the Great Red Storm is reduced in size, it will still continue to rotate – it has enough energy for this.
We can also see it “peel” around the edges, crashing into other storms and winds around her. But astronomers still do not know if this will lead to its complete disappearance. Some believe that one day it may break up into many small storms.
Recently, the Juno space probe (which has been flying around Jupiter since 2016) took many beautiful pictures of Jupiter’s storms as it flew past the planet.
In the meantime, we can admire the Great Red Spot as it rages.
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