View Full Version : Jupiter's Red Spots Are Nearing Each Other

2006-Jun-06, 05:44 AM
SUMMARY: Jupiter's well known Great Red Spot storm, and its newly formed Oval BA (aka Red Jr.) are about to sweep past each other, and astronomers aren't quite sure what's going to happen. The storms probably won't merge or tear each other apart, but their outer bands will rub against each other. Oval BA recently turned red, signifying its larger size and strength compared to the smaller white storms on Jupiter. Some astronomers think the encounter with the Great Red Spot will slow it down again, returning it to white.

View full article (http://www.universetoday.com/am/publish/jupiter_great_jr_spots.html)
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2006-Jun-06, 11:58 AM
It will be interesting to watch, even if they don't change each other in the interaction. It is also interesting that Red Jr. used to be white until it reached a certain size. That should tell us a few things about why the red spot is red.

2006-Jun-07, 05:22 PM
Storm #1 is the Great Red Spot, twice as wide as Earth itself

wow, i knew Jupiter was big but I really never made the connection that it was that LARGE and those small storms were that BIG

2006-Oct-10, 08:31 PM
Jupiter's Little Red Spot Growing Stronger
The highest wind speeds in Jupiter's Little Red Spot have increased and are now equal to those in its older and larger sibling, the Great Red Spot, according to observations with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

The Little Red Spot's winds, now raging up to approximately 400 miles per hour, signal that the storm is growing stronger, according to the NASA-led team that made the Hubble observations. The increased intensity of the storm probably caused it to change color from its original white in late 2005, according to the team.

Read more (http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2006/little_red_spot.html)