The Great Red Spot storm of Jupiter is still going to be there for years

New research suggests, in spite of the apparent shrinkage of clouds in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, the storm itself is remaining stable. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is known to be the most powerful storm in the solar system. Earlier studies had said that the storm has been shrinking from the 1800s. The researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, argued on the same matter at a conference of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics. They said that the vortex that powers cloud formation is changing. Philip Marcus, a professor of fluid dynamics at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a statement released by the society, said that he does not consider its fortunes to be very bad. It is more like Mark Twain’s comment: The storm has been greatly exaggerated.

Both professional and amateur astronomers photograph the Great Red Spot. Photos that got captured between May and June 2019 show large red “flakes” spinning off from the storm. This made many assume that the system is getting smaller. Marcus said only the clouds over the wind are visible. The storm cannot be seen directly. He and his colleagues noted that the “flaking” observed around the storm is a natural consequence of its interacting, and it is not an indication that the Great Red Spot storm is itself weakening.

A smaller storm that spinning the opposite direction is approaching the Great Red Spot, a point of stagnation form. Marcus said when a minor storm spinning the same direction as the more prominent storm approaches, its clouds get shattered and flake away in a reddish extension as observed on the east side of the storm this spring. Marcus said during a news conference held at the society’s meeting that these activities are very healthy for the Red Spot. Also, he expects that the heating and cooling patterns around the vortex will continue to fuel the Great Red Spot.

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