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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Jupiter's Great Red Spot from Voyager 1
NASA ^ | May 18, 2014 | (see photo credit)

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.

May 18, 2014

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; jupiter; science
[Credit: NASA, JPL; Digital processing: Björn Jónsson (IAAA)]

1 posted on 05/18/2014 10:06:01 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; dayglored; ...
The Big One

2 posted on 05/18/2014 10:07:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Be interesting to see what dropping a giant bottle of Clearasil on it would do.


3 posted on 05/18/2014 10:10:13 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: SunkenCiv
"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."

Here, liberals just say "it's Bush's fault". It seems to be a great timesaver.

Great picture though!

4 posted on 05/18/2014 10:14:33 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: SunkenCiv

That storm is bigger than our entire planet.


5 posted on 05/18/2014 10:20:10 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Its my freedom. YES. I will be keeping it.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Really looking forward to Juno’s arrival at Jupiter in 2016.


6 posted on 05/18/2014 10:21:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Not bad image resolution from 35 years ago. Way better than my Kodachrome slides.


7 posted on 05/18/2014 10:30:35 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: cicero2k

The next batch should be really good and Juno is sticking around instead of passing by.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html#.U3jutSibyME


8 posted on 05/18/2014 10:32:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SunkenCiv
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.

It's all good. Just stay off Europa.

9 posted on 05/18/2014 10:34:05 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SunkenCiv
'Shopped to a 16:10 format image, suitable for background...

 photo redspot_voyager1_zps31734645.jpg

10 posted on 05/18/2014 10:48:42 AM PDT by mikrofon (APOD Bump)
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To: SunkenCiv

I always wonder what Jupiter’s surface would be, and what is the red dot.


11 posted on 05/18/2014 10:51:33 AM PDT by Vinylly (?%)
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To: SunkenCiv

“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?”


12 posted on 05/18/2014 11:43:55 AM PDT by 60Gunner (Fight with your head high, or grovel with your head low.)
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To: martin_fierro

Looks like a big eye.


13 posted on 05/18/2014 12:03:37 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Vincent Van Gogh, please pick up the white courtesy phone...

It’s as if he copied his style from the Great Red Spot.


14 posted on 05/18/2014 12:06:03 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

LOL! Good comparison, Lady!


15 posted on 05/18/2014 12:16:51 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL Vets, too!l)
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To: LUV W

Hi sweetie! Nice to see you.


16 posted on 05/18/2014 12:58:05 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Colonel_Flagg

If it has been shrinking since the 1930s, then it’s Herbert Hoover’s fault, not George W. Bush’s fault.


17 posted on 05/18/2014 3:11:56 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: TheOldLady

Or maybe that’s the look he was going for with his ear...


18 posted on 05/18/2014 4:25:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/ http://www.freerepublic.com/~bigheadfred/)
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To: Vinylly

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. :’)


19 posted on 05/18/2014 4:28:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/ http://www.freerepublic.com/~bigheadfred/)
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To: Delta 21

Much.

http://d1jqu7g1y74ds1.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/RedSpotEarth.jpg


20 posted on 05/18/2014 4:29:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/ http://www.freerepublic.com/~bigheadfred/)
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To: TheOldLady

I was thinking that myself.


21 posted on 05/18/2014 4:31:30 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SunkenCiv

That would probably be without his ear?


22 posted on 05/18/2014 5:52:07 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I was joking about the white courtesy phone, of course. :)

But the photos taken by Voyager 1 certainly mimic Van Gogh’s style


23 posted on 05/18/2014 5:55:54 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

The swirly flourishes...


24 posted on 05/18/2014 6:02:57 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Indeed. And it makes me wonder...


25 posted on 05/18/2014 6:40:13 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Verginius Rufus

I didn’t say which Bush.


26 posted on 05/18/2014 8:36:44 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Ah, Prescott Bush’s fault!


27 posted on 05/18/2014 8:53:25 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: SunkenCiv

BTTT


28 posted on 05/19/2014 9:42:34 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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