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Hubble Sees Jupiterís Red Spot Shrink to Smallest Size Ever
| 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 weve ever measured, said Amy Simon of NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA.
Using historic sketches and photos from the late 1800s, astronomers determined the spots 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 spots shrinkage rate.
The spots 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 whove attempted to see Jupiters signature feature have been frustrated in recent years not only because the spots pale color makes it hard to see against adjacent cloud features, but because its physically getting smaller.
(Excerpt) Read more at universetoday.com ...
KEYWORDS: jupiter; redspot
posted on 05/15/2014 1:08:00 PM PDT
Global warming is to blame. Or Bush.
Man made global warming no doubt...
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.)
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.
posted on 05/15/2014 1:11:29 PM PDT
posted on 05/15/2014 1:12:22 PM PDT
(Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
its that evil CO2...just ask algore
posted on 05/15/2014 1:13:27 PM PDT
(America needs more real Americans.)
To: Common Sense 101
posted on 05/15/2014 1:13:35 PM PDT
(The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
posted on 05/15/2014 1:13:38 PM PDT
It’s all those SUVs on Jupiter
posted on 05/15/2014 1:14:29 PM PDT
Are you implying that the Great Red Spot (GRS) was in the pool???
posted on 05/15/2014 1:15:38 PM PDT
(The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
posted on 05/15/2014 1:18:48 PM PDT
Smalles EVER? How would we know? Where humans around 100 million...1 billion years ago?
posted on 05/15/2014 1:22:20 PM PDT
It’s those Koch Brothers.
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.
posted on 05/15/2014 1:27:06 PM PDT
(French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
posted on 05/15/2014 1:27:35 PM PDT
("Just look at the flowers, Lizzie. Just look at the flowers.")
Hubble Sees Jupiters 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.
“IT’S SHRINKING!!! IT’S SHRINKING!!!!”
To: Lee'sGhost; dfwgator
posted on 05/15/2014 1:28:56 PM PDT
(The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
Jupiters Red Spot Shrink to Smallest Size Ever
Had the same observation been observed on Uranus, I would have breathed a sigh of relief..........
posted on 05/15/2014 1:33:00 PM PDT
by Hot Tabasco
(Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
BLM just ordered another thousand sub-machine guns to protect the spotted jumping tortoise from the shrinking red spot.
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.)
posted on 05/15/2014 1:38:19 PM PDT
(Remember the River Raisin.)
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!”
Shouldn’t that be “...ever observed”?
posted on 05/15/2014 1:54:24 PM PDT
by hal ogen
(First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
Even the smallest telescope would have shown it as a huge red hot dog
Weiner shrinkage is apparently a Universal problem ....
posted on 05/15/2014 2:11:46 PM PDT
FIRST THE GLACIERS, NOW JUPITER!!!!
posted on 05/15/2014 2:13:08 PM PDT
(Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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”?
posted on 05/15/2014 2:14:24 PM PDT
(There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
CO2 must be causing this!
posted on 05/15/2014 2:14:56 PM PDT
(Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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)
posted on 05/15/2014 2:24:14 PM PDT
by Peter ODonnell
(It wasn't this cold before global warming)
To: Peter ODonnell
Alternatively, Jupiter’s Herpes is going into remission.
posted on 05/15/2014 2:28:06 PM PDT
("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
posted on 05/15/2014 2:30:13 PM PDT
All these worlds are yours, except Europa...attempt no landings there....
posted on 05/15/2014 2:32:13 PM PDT
(It was never Bush's fault...Spock's messing with red matter was what screwed us all up!)
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.
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.)
You may be on to something, I think that damn two by four from 2001 and 2010 is somehow behind this.
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.")
Somewhere, someone is worrying about this.
Somewhere, someone is worrying about this.
LOL, oh yeah!
posted on 05/15/2014 3:25:12 PM PDT
(One who commands, must obey.)
To: Vermont Lt
My thoughts as well.
Local weather guy said temps yesterday at one beach community were “the highest ever”.
posted on 05/15/2014 3:26:49 PM PDT
(This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
it must be man made climate change
posted on 05/15/2014 5:09:51 PM PDT
To: BenLurkin; brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
Thanks BenLurkin, an APoD extra.
posted on 05/18/2014 3:08:51 PM PDT
Hurricanes eventually wind down on earth, so....................
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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