Sunday, May 10, 2009

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Calming Down

Jupiter's Great Red Spot, a storm with speeds up to four hundred miles per hour and three times the size of the Earth, is slowly becoming smaller. The storm has been active for at very least 300 years, it was big enough to be noticed when humans built the first telescopes to be powerful enough to notice. Because we lack information on the storm we do not know if this is a normal cycle or if the storm is very, very slowly ending.

The non-Earth planets with atmosphere in the solar system are known for their horrible storms. Even the rock planet Venus has steady, powerful storms near the poles. Meanwhile Neptune is lucky with only having a Great Dark Spot half of the time. Makes one lucky to be living on Earth.

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