NASA has said that Jupiter’s rotation is deeper in the mysterious “Great Red Spot” planet than we previously knew.
New findings from the Juno spacecraft, which flew past our nearest neighbor, reveal more information about the red spot than ever before. They give new information about the climate on the planet
The Great Red Spot can be seen from Earth as a raised red circle on the surface of Jupiter. But viewed up close, it’s the storm that’s been swirling across the planet 16,000 kilometers across – big enough to swallow the entire Earth – and has been going for hundreds of years.
But new studies looking at the vertical structure of the Great Red Spot extend deeper into the planet. But one of the new studies also shows that the Great Red Spot is powered by jets that extend even deeper into the planet.
The Great Red Spot is no deeper than 500 km, while the jets themselves extend down to 3,000 km, new studies show.
Scientists hope the new research can help solve other deep questions about the Great Red Spot, including learning more about the structure of the vortices that form it and what processes power them.
The research, conducted using NASA’s Juno spacecraft, is published in the journal Science.
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