How big is Jupiter's red spot?


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I’ve heard that that Earth would fit into the red spot three times.

This is much more visually impressive.


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That would be one loooooong 50+ hour flight from West Red Spot to East Red Spot…


#4

So, how’s the weather back in the Jupiter red spot?


#5

Someone dug up the North American continent and transported it to Jupiter

Well, I hope they were considerate enough to put it back when they were done.


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When was that photo taken?

Historic observations as far back as the late 1800s gauged the storm to be as large as 25,500 miles on its long axis. NASA Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 flybys of Jupiter in 1979 measured it to be 14,500 miles across. In 1995, a Hubble photo showed the long axis of the spot at an estimated 13,020 miles across. And in a 2009 photo, it was measured at 11,130 miles across. Beginning in 2012, amateur observations revealed a noticeable increase in the rate at which the spot is shrinking -- by 580 miles per year -- changing its shape from an oval to a circle.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot is Shrinking - NASA Science

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That’s pretty humbling…but if you want to feel REALLY small in the neighborhood: http://www.universetoday.com/13507/what-is-the-biggest-star-in-the-universe/vycanis/


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Are you traveling spinward, or anti-spinward?

@crenquis - and yet the politicians continue to debate and deny the existence of jovanocentric climate change.


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The spot has shrunk quite a bit since the “three Earth” days, though it is still obviously huge.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/15may_grs/


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Looking at that image, I’d say Canada is in for a spell of rough weather.


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