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Hubble Sees Jupiterís Red Spot Shrink to Smallest Size Ever
universetoday.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | Bob King on

Posted on 05/15/2014 1:08:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Recent Hubble Space Telescope observations confirm that the spot is now just under 10,250 miles (16,500 km) across, the smallest diameter we’ve ever measured,” said Amy Simon of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA.

Using historic sketches and photos from the late 1800s, astronomers determined the spot’s diameter then at 25,475 miles (41,000 km) across. Even the smallest telescope would have shown it as a huge red hot dog. Amateur observations starting in 2012 revealed a noticeable increase in the spot’s shrinkage rate.

The spot’s “waistline” is getting smaller by just under 620 miles (1,000 km) per year while its north-south extent has changed little. In a word, the spot has downsized and become more circular in shape. Many who’ve attempted to see Jupiter’s signature feature have been frustrated in recent years not only because the spot’s pale color makes it hard to see against adjacent cloud features, but because it’s physically getting smaller.

(Excerpt) Read more at universetoday.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: jupiter; redspot

1 posted on 05/15/2014 1:08:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Global warming is to blame. Or Bush.


2 posted on 05/15/2014 1:09:04 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: BenLurkin

Man made global warming no doubt...


3 posted on 05/15/2014 1:09:26 PM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: BenLurkin

NASA’s fault. A record number of satellites sent to Jupiter, flyby’s Pioneer and Voyager stripping the planet of some its energy. Yep - man-caused, no doubt about it.


4 posted on 05/15/2014 1:11:29 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt

We have to be at fault.


5 posted on 05/15/2014 1:12:22 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: BenLurkin

its that evil CO2...just ask algore


6 posted on 05/15/2014 1:13:27 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: Common Sense 101

Climate change?


7 posted on 05/15/2014 1:13:35 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: BenLurkin

8 posted on 05/15/2014 1:13:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: FreeAtlanta

It’s all those SUVs on Jupiter


9 posted on 05/15/2014 1:14:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Are you implying that the Great Red Spot (GRS) was in the pool???


10 posted on 05/15/2014 1:15:38 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: BenLurkin

Climate change!!!


11 posted on 05/15/2014 1:18:48 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: TomServo

Smalles EVER? How would we know? Where humans around 100 million...1 billion years ago?


12 posted on 05/15/2014 1:22:20 PM PDT by gwgn02
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To: BenLurkin

It’s those Koch Brothers.


13 posted on 05/15/2014 1:25:51 PM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: BenLurkin

Man has to be causing climate change on Jupiter by observing it with a telescope. That makes as much sense as what the alarmist are telling us here on Earth.


14 posted on 05/15/2014 1:27:06 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: dfwgator

Beat me to it.


15 posted on 05/15/2014 1:27:35 PM PDT by Lee'sGhost ("Just look at the flowers, Lizzie. Just look at the flowers.")
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To: BenLurkin
Hubble Sees Jupiter’s Red Spot Shrink to Smallest Size Ever

Scientists are attempting to determine if there's any connection between the shrinking of the red spot, and the discovery of a gigantic tube of Clearsil found orbiting the planet.

16 posted on 05/15/2014 1:28:16 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: BenLurkin

“IT’S SHRINKING!!! IT’S SHRINKING!!!!”


17 posted on 05/15/2014 1:28:45 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (.)
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To: Lee'sGhost; dfwgator

and me...


18 posted on 05/15/2014 1:28:56 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: BenLurkin

Global cooling.


19 posted on 05/15/2014 1:32:07 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: BenLurkin
Jupiter’s Red Spot Shrink to Smallest Size Ever

Had the same observation been observed on Uranus, I would have breathed a sigh of relief..........

20 posted on 05/15/2014 1:33:00 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: BenLurkin
BLM just ordered another thousand sub-machine guns to protect the spotted jumping tortoise from the shrinking red spot.

-PJ

21 posted on 05/15/2014 1:35:13 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: RinaseaofDs

22 posted on 05/15/2014 1:35:56 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: BenLurkin

Juno will get there in 2016.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html#.U3UluyibyME


23 posted on 05/15/2014 1:38:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: BenLurkin

I wonder if the Jupiterians are running around all panicked and issuing white papers and TeeVee talk shows about “Spot Shrinkage: The End Of Life On Jupiter!”


24 posted on 05/15/2014 1:38:40 PM PDT by William of Barsoom (In Omnia, Paratus)
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To: BenLurkin

Shouldn’t that be “...ever observed”?


25 posted on 05/15/2014 1:54:24 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: BenLurkin
Even the smallest telescope would have shown it as a huge red hot dog

Weiner shrinkage is apparently a Universal problem ....

26 posted on 05/15/2014 2:11:46 PM PDT by mikrofon (Small "Man")
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To: BenLurkin

FIRST THE GLACIERS, NOW JUPITER!!!!


27 posted on 05/15/2014 2:13:08 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s been consistently shrinking since it was discovered,

so isn’t anytime anyone looks at the GRS, it’s the “Smallest Size Ever Seen”?

Stupid headline


28 posted on 05/15/2014 2:14:24 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Lazamataz

CO2 must be causing this!


29 posted on 05/15/2014 2:14:56 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: All

Ancient astronaut theorists believe that the Great Red Spot is a portal to an alternate universe and may be where ancient aliens entered our solar system. If so, the shrinking of this object may signal a return of these aliens and an uncertain future for mankind on this planet.

(just made that up, don’t panic)

:) :)


30 posted on 05/15/2014 2:24:14 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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To: Peter ODonnell

Alternatively, Jupiter’s Herpes is going into remission.


31 posted on 05/15/2014 2:28:06 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

32 posted on 05/15/2014 2:30:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: RinaseaofDs

All these worlds are yours, except Europa...attempt no landings there....


33 posted on 05/15/2014 2:32:13 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (It was never Bush's fault...Spock's messing with red matter was what screwed us all up!)
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To: BenLurkin

Ever? Really? In all of Jupiter’s existence it’s never been smaller?

Or is it the smallest we’ve observed?

The editors who write headlines need to learn English.


34 posted on 05/15/2014 2:56:10 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: mdmathis6

You may be on to something, I think that damn two by four from 2001 and 2010 is somehow behind this.


35 posted on 05/15/2014 3:14:10 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: BenLurkin

Somewhere, someone is worrying about this.


36 posted on 05/15/2014 3:17:39 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: OldNewYork
Somewhere, someone is worrying about this.

LOL, oh yeah!

37 posted on 05/15/2014 3:25:12 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Vermont Lt

My thoughts as well.

Local weather guy said temps yesterday at one beach community were “the highest ever”.

Same stupidity.


38 posted on 05/15/2014 3:26:49 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

it must be man made climate change


39 posted on 05/15/2014 5:09:51 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: BenLurkin; brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
Thanks BenLurkin, an APoD extra.
40 posted on 05/18/2014 3:08:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BenLurkin
Hurricanes eventually wind down on earth, so....................
41 posted on 05/18/2014 3:13:41 PM PDT by The Cajun (tea party!!!, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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