Sunday, August 14

500 kilometers with edges six times higher: Jupiter’s great red spot is much deeper than we thought

Jupiter’s great red spot has been and continues to be a great mystery to astronomers, although little by little we are discovering its secrets. If a month ago the Hubble telescope it revealed the changes of its winds, now a new three-dimensional map of the planet points to the spot as something deeper than we thought.

“It’s a giant storm, a monster”

The spot was believed to be about 322 km deep, but the Juno probe’s instruments have determined that we could be facing a huge storm of 500 km. Israeli researcher Yohai Kaspi makes a good comparison and The VergeIf that storm were on Earth, its height would exceed the orbit of the International Space Station. “He’s a monster,” he adds.

But the highest figures are carried by the clouds circling the red spot, that go up to 3,000 km deep. Above these clouds it is only known that they keep the spot alive since they push its rotation, but little else.

The question now, although the figures are surprising, is: why does the great red spot not reach that depth of 3,000 km? Scientist Marzia Parisi is betting that there is something that is preventing the stain from reaching deeper, although we cannot know what it is. But there are theories that even believe that the storm could reach the core of Jupiter.

Juno will continue to observe Jupiter for four more years, giving more information about the origin and destination of the largest storm we have ever seen. Hubble measurements suggest that the great red spot is narrowing, with theories that they assume that it will disappear “in a few decades”. In the meantime, let’s take advantage.