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Jupiter's Great Red Spot Has Companion
NY Times ^ | May 5, 2006 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD

Posted on 05/07/2006 11:05:13 AM PDT by neverdem

For the past few months, astronomers have tracked an emerging second red spot on Jupiter, at left, a growing rival about one-half the diameter of the planet's trademark Great Red Spot. The Hubble Space Telescope has now snapped the first detailed pictures of what some observers are calling Red Spot Jr.

Astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore said this was the first time scientists had witnessed the birth of one of these huge oval spots, presumably a convective phenomenon like a powerful thunderstorm. The Great Red Spot was already present when observers first looked with telescopes at the planet some 400 years ago.

Though Red Spot Jr. is half the size, the astronomers said it appeared in near-infrared images to be as bright in Jupiter's cloudy atmosphere as its large companion. They suggested that the new storm might rise higher above the main cloud deck than the older spot.

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TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: christophergo; greatredspot; jupiter; nasa

Hubble Space Telescope/European Space Agency/NASA
A second red spot on Jupiter is at left.
1 posted on 05/07/2006 11:05:15 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: KevinDavis

ping


2 posted on 05/07/2006 11:05:52 AM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: RightWhale; Brett66; xrp; gdc314; anymouse; NonZeroSum; jimkress; discostu; The_Victor; ...

3 posted on 05/07/2006 11:12:03 AM PDT by KevinDavis (http://www.cafepress.com/spacefuture)
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To: neverdem
Did NASA Accidentally “Nuke” Jupiter?
4 posted on 05/07/2006 11:14:15 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: neverdem

You know... astronomers lately are nowhere near as creative as their ancestors. The Greeks could look at a set of stars and see a great hunter named Orion with a club in one hand and a shield in the other, with his faithful hunting dog at his side and a great bull, Taurus, charging at him, all the while running from the scorpion who bit his shoulder and turned it red.

Nowadays, we get Jupiter's "Great Red Spot"... then Neptune's "Great Dark Spot" and now Jupiter has "Red Spot, Jr." I guess it could've been worse... "Lesser Red Spot."

:-)


5 posted on 05/07/2006 11:17:54 AM PDT by mwyounce
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To: neverdem

Interesting.


6 posted on 05/07/2006 11:18:09 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: neverdem

Again, Bush's fault.


7 posted on 05/07/2006 11:22:12 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: neverdem
For the past few months, astronomers have tracked an emerging second red spot on Jupiter, at left, a growing rival about one-half the diameter of the planet's trademark Great Red Spot.

They're saying this as if the Great Red hasn't almost always had a companion storm.

8 posted on 05/07/2006 11:25:26 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ISLAM: The Other Psychosis)
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To: mwyounce

You crack me up. :))


9 posted on 05/07/2006 11:25:57 AM PDT by micha
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To: mwyounce

all the while running from the scorpion who bit his shoulder and turned it red.

Not sure, but I don't think scorpions bite. Sting you with their stinger, yes, but they don't bite. Of course, anything is possible with these imaginary starry characters.


10 posted on 05/07/2006 11:30:18 AM PDT by sasportas
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To: Brilliant

Global warming.


11 posted on 05/07/2006 11:30:53 AM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: neverdem

It appears the flow is from right to left and the smooth flow becomes turbulent at the spot.

That is as the atmosphere flows around a stationary object it becomes clockwise cyclonic and turbulent. Stationary object/gas giant doesn't compute.


The turbbulence is present at the small spot but not as pronounced.i


12 posted on 05/07/2006 11:32:47 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: theFIRMbss

Yikes!


13 posted on 05/07/2006 11:33:50 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Every vote for a Democrat is a vote for $10/gallon gas.)
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To: sasportas

Slip of the fingers... I meant stung.


14 posted on 05/07/2006 11:34:59 AM PDT by mwyounce
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To: neverdem

I am certain global warming is at the root of this, all because Bush will not sign Kyoto.../sarc


15 posted on 05/07/2006 11:37:14 AM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: neverdem

Cool photo! I love looking at photos of Jupiter's storms. Amazing!


16 posted on 05/07/2006 12:09:29 PM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: mwyounce

You description of Orion and Taurus was great. I have Joseph Seiss' book, "The Gospel in the Stars." Seiss interprets the star signs prophetically, depicting the grand conflict between woman, her child (Christ), and the serpent (satan).

However, your mention of Betelguese, the red star in Orion's right shoulder, being red in coloration due to Scorpio's sting - first I heard of that.


17 posted on 05/07/2006 12:18:11 PM PDT by sasportas
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To: mwyounce

It's just another zit.


18 posted on 05/07/2006 12:43:50 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: sasportas
However, your mention of Betelguese, the red star in Orion's right shoulder, being red in coloration due to Scorpio's sting - first I heard of that.

I couldn't tell you where I heard that, but it was a long time ago. This is the reason that Orion sets when Scorpio rises and vice versa, so the myth goes. Also Sagittarius has his arrow trained on Scorpio's heart, Antares, in case Scorpio gets any ideas.

19 posted on 05/07/2006 1:00:34 PM PDT by mwyounce
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To: Nathan Zachary; neverdem
"It's just another zit."

That's what we can call it, the Honorable Sen. Bluto Blutarski Memorial Red Spot. ;-D

20 posted on 05/07/2006 1:38:14 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: neverdem
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(Don't give 'em the clicks!)

21 posted on 05/07/2006 1:57:42 PM PDT by Ed_in_NJ (Who killed Suzanne Coleman?)
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To: neverdem

Busted out and dusted off my scope last night as a matter of fact as Jupiter was at it's closest point to earth for 2006. This spot was very visible as was 3 bright moons.

Sure wish I could find the right camera/eyepiece adapter.


22 posted on 05/07/2006 2:59:43 PM PDT by diverteach
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New Storm on Jupiter Hints at Climate Change
www.space.com | 04 May 2006 | Sara Goudarzi
Posted on 05/04/2006 1:38:47 PM EDT by RightCanuck
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1626751/posts

Hubble Snaps Baby Pictures of Jupiter's "Red Spot Jr."
Hubble Site | May 4, 2006
Posted on 05/04/2006 4:44:15 PM EDT by orionblamblam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1626867/posts


23 posted on 05/08/2006 10:55:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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