Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, has always been an inexplicable puzzle to astronomers. Many events happening on the surface of this planet remain a mystery even today. Meanwhile, the Hubble Telescope of the US Space Agency has detected a red spot (Great Red Spot) on the surface of the planet Jupiter. This red spot is actually a big storm on Jupiter.
The speed of the storm is increasing continuously
With the help of Hubble Space Telescope, scientists have told that the speed of this storm on Jupiter is increasing continuously. Data sent from the telescope showed that the winds are intensifying in the outermost region of the red spot seen on Jupiter’s surface. The latest hurricane reports showed that the average wind speed within this spot increased by 8 percent from 2009 to 2020.
Very low wind speed in the interior of the storm
Scientists have also told that the speed of winds is very low in the interior of this red spot. This Great Red Spot has been seen as fierce on the planet Jupiter for more than 150 years. These red clouds are moving counter-clockwise at a speed of 600 kilometers per hour.
Data from the Hubble Telescope unravels the mystery
Michael Wong of the University of California, Berkeley said that when I saw the initial results from the Hubble Telescope, I asked ‘Does this make sense?’ No one has ever seen this before. But, this is something that only Hubble can do. Hubble’s longevity and its lenses are proving to be helpful in bringing this mystery to Earth.
What is the Great Red Spot?
The Great Red Spot is the king of storms in our solar system. A recent flyby of the Juno spacecraft helped scientists determine that the storm’s roots extend at least 320 kilometers into Jupiter’s atmosphere. For comparison, a typical tropical cyclone on Earth spans only about 15 kilometers. Astronomers have noted that it is shrinking in size. Studying the last few storms, it has been found that it is moving from oval to circular.