Jupiter’s new red storm


I know that Slashdot already posted this, but NASA is saying that Jupiter’s famous red storm is now in for some competition. A new storm, birthed from 3 smaller white storms, has over the past 6 years, turned red. While it isn’t as big as the Great Red Spot, it certainly gave some insight into how it was born. Why it’s red however, is still a mystery.

Oval BA first appeared in the year 2000 when three smaller spots collided and merged. Using Hubble and other telescopes, astronomers watched with great interest. A similar merger centuries ago may have created the original Great Red Spot, a storm twice as wide as our planet and at least 300 years old.

At first, Oval BA remained white—the same color as the storms that combined to create it. But in recent months, things began to change

Seems pretty cool to me. The Great Red Spot is estimated to be around 300 years old, possibly older. No one realy knows how it formed, and here NASA scientists have been watching something similar develop over the past few years. Does that mean a new Jupiter Mission? Probably not, NASA seems too preoccupied with going back to the moon.

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