Astronomers Find Jupiter’s Great Red Spot To Be Shrinking

Astronomers Find Jupiter’s Great Red Spot To Be Shrinking

The gaseous planet is known to have gigantic storms arising every often and it seems to be slipping away. The scientists had predicted that the stormy planet has its Great Red Spot shrinking but it does not mean that the spot is dying. The new astronomers found Jupiter’s red spot to be falling apart at the start of the year. The rose-colored clouds were found to be separating out from the storm at least around 15,000 Miles wide. The most eye-catching was the peeling of the giant streamers of gas from the rim of the spot and moving into the winds surrounding the planet. The spot is found to be reduced compared to its earlier days. According to the University of California Professor Philip S. Marcus, the weird dynamics in the spot are basically happening due to the changes in the weather on the planet.

It was 1664 that an English scientist Robert Hooke spotted an oval on Jupiter for the first time and then later an Italian astronomer Giovanni Cassini also analyzed the spot and he and the observations continued up to 1713. The researchers lost contact and thought the spot to have disappeared but the current spot shows to have been present from the last 189 Years or more. The Great Red Spot is an anticyclone that rotates in the counterclockwise direction and with high pressure. The clouds formed in the process are found to affect the cyclones. The researchers have found the cloud to be getting smaller which means the vortex underneath is also getting smaller. The spot’s wind and cyclones collide at different angles and are assumed to be changing the dynamics of the Great Red Spot.

Similarly, astronomers have found that after the sunsets below the horizon the people will be able to see Venus and Jupiter hanging gracefully together just a few degrees apart. The time dusk settled the people were able to see the planets flirting at 4:48 PM in Washington, 4:52 PM in San Francisco, and 5:30 PM in Atlanta. However, people from across the globe could see the beaming event on November 25, 2019. A similar event is expected to occur on February 11, 2021.

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