Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Jupiter's Great Red Spot from Voyager 1
Posted on 05/18/2014 10:06:01 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: What will become of Jupiter's Great Red Spot? Recorded as shrinking since the 1930s, the rate of the Great Red Spot's size appears to have accelerated just in the past few years. A hurricane larger than Earth, the Great Red Spot has been raging at least as long as telescopes could see it. Like most astronomical phenomena, the Great Red Spot was neither predicted nor immediately understood after its discovery. Although small eddies that feed into the storm system seem to play a role, a more full understanding of the gigantic storm cloud remains a topic of continued research, and may result in a better understanding of weather here on Earth. The above image is a digital enhancement of an image of Jupiter taken in 1979 by the Voyager 1 spacecraft as it zoomed by the Solar System's largest planet. NASA's Juno spacecraft is currently heading toward Jupiter and will arrive in 2016.
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[Credit: NASA, JPL; Digital processing: Björn Jónsson (IAAA)]
Be interesting to see what dropping a giant bottle of Clearasil on it would do.
Here, liberals just say "it's Bush's fault". It seems to be a great timesaver.
Great picture though!
That storm is bigger than our entire planet.
Really looking forward to Juno’s arrival at Jupiter in 2016.
Not bad image resolution from 35 years ago. Way better than my Kodachrome slides.
The next batch should be really good and Juno is sticking around instead of passing by.
It's all good. Just stay off Europa.
I always wonder what Jupiter’s surface would be, and what is the red dot.
“When I consider the heavens, the works of Your fingers, the moon and the stars that You have made, who is man that You should consider him, and who am I that You should think of me?”
Looks like a big eye.
Vincent Van Gogh, please pick up the white courtesy phone...
It’s as if he copied his style from the Great Red Spot.
LOL! Good comparison, Lady!
Hi sweetie! Nice to see you.
If it has been shrinking since the 1930s, then it’s Herbert Hoover’s fault, not George W. Bush’s fault.
Or maybe that’s the look he was going for with his ear...
Jupiter and the other “gas giants” probably have a rocky core under there somewhere, or (in the case of Uranus and Neptune, which have two magnetic poles) more than one. But they have a density close to that of water, so most of their mass is not a solid. :’)
I was thinking that myself.
That would probably be without his ear?
I was joking about the white courtesy phone, of course. :)
But the photos taken by Voyager 1 certainly mimic Van Gogh’s style
The swirly flourishes...
Indeed. And it makes me wonder...
I didn’t say which Bush.
Ah, Prescott Bush’s fault!
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