Jupiter will continue to be an impressive sight, and the Hubble Space Telescope is not ready to retire just yet. The biggest planet from our Solar System is well-known for several characteristics, and one of them is the Great Red Spot.
To be more precise, the Great Red Spot on Jupiter is an anticyclonic storm located 22 degrees south of the equator, and it has lasted for at least 340 years. It is believed that the spot was first observed by the Cassini space probe.
New storm erupting on Jupiter
A new storm erupted on Jupiter in mid-August. It manifests as a bright white area on the upper left region of the planet. NASA says “the timing of the Hubble observations is perfect for showing the structure in the wake of the disturbance, during the early stages of its evolution.”
Here’s the new photo captured by Hubble:
NASA issued the following statement:
“The iconic Great Red Spot, a storm big enough to swallow Earth, shows that it’s shrinking a little in the Hubble images, but it still dominates the entire southern atmosphere, plowing through the clouds like a cargo ship,”
Jupiter got its name from the king of the ancient Roman gods. The Solar System’s biggest planet is made almost entirely of gases, and it revolves around the Sun at a distance of 5.2 astronomical units. One full rotation of the planet around our star lasts for 12 years. Jupiter is so huge that it has a volume that’s about 1,300 times that of Earth. In other words, 1,300 Earths could fit inside Jupiter. The gas giant also acts as a guardian of the Solar System, as most asteroids and comets that get too close are captured under the planet’s enormous gravity.
The Hubble Space Telescope is operated by NASA and ESA, and it’s months away until it shall be replaced by the James Webb Space Telescope.