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Hubble Telescope Explores Another Giant Red Spot on Jupiter

Did you know that storms form in places other than on Planet Earth? NASA has studied storms on planets in our Solar System for many years. And NASA continues to study large storms on Jupiter. In August of 2020, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured images of another giant storm on the surface of Jupiter. Scientists refer to this area of storms as “Red Spot Junior.”

Jupiter is known as the “Monster Planet” due to its large size and turbulent atmosphere. While the pictures were being taken, NASA found that new storms were brewing on Jupiter and that the planet’s famous Great Red Spot region was preparing to change color once again.

The Hubble Space Telescope also captured another intriguing image of Jupiter. At around its mid-northern latitudes, Hubble located a bright white, and stretched-out storm traveling at around 350 mph. During this time, ground-based observers had also identified two more storms in the same region.

Since about 1930, the largest storm in our solar system, the Great Red Spot, has been shrinking. Researchers say that in 2020 it measured about 9,800 miles across, big enough to swallow Earth. As for Red Spot Junior, during 2006 it was reported that its color had been fading, but now it seems to have regained its color and turned into a darker shade of red, similar to the Giant Red Spot.

These new images indicate how powerful and amazing the Hubble Space Telescope is and how it is able to recognize storms on a planet that is 406 million miles away from Earth. There are many things we have yet to learn about our solar system and technology such as the Hubble Space Telescope helps expand our knowledge of the cosmos.

[Sources: planetary.org ; hubblesite.org; NASA ]

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