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Fraser
2006-May-05, 07:04 PM
SUMMARY: The Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a picture of "Red Spot Jr.", the newly forming storm on Jupiter. This new spot is half the size of Jupiter's Great Red Spot, and formed after three white storms merged together. But when viewed in near-infrared wavelengths, the spot is as prominent as the Great Red Spot, so this is a big storm too. Scientists think that Jupiter might be in the midst of a global climate change, warming up a few degrees in some latitudes.

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Kootenaistar
2006-May-07, 08:51 AM
I can hardly believe that there's not a big thread on this, but I'm just a good friend of a backyard astronomer. She has a gorgeous 14inch Meade scope with drawers, boxes and programs full of support for it. her observatory is built big enough for several people at once to come & view (ie. the more the merrier!). One of the favorites of EVERYbody has been Jupiter from the start, and the storms have been our favorite topics of discussion. This new "Red Spot Jr." is even greater than the one night we watched a storm sneek out and almost cover the equatorial belt. That thing died, but it was great while it lasted! Whenever possible we have watched those storms merging and now can even see the new red spot. Is there a possibility that this will eventually merge with the original "GRS" and reenlarge and color it again? The original has seemed to lose a good bit of color the last few years. Or is that just our eyes getting old and lost the ability to see so well?

Eroica
2006-May-07, 09:09 AM
The original has seemed to lose a good bit of color the last few years. Or is that just our eyes getting old and lost the ability to see so well?No, there seems to be a general consensus that the GRS has faded in colour over the past few years.