Jupiter of our solar system has been a matter of curiosity for our scientists. The reason for this is not only its vast size but also many phenomena of its surface. One of these is the Great Red Spot of Jupiter. Recently, scientists have seen increasing wind speed in it, with which it has grown so much that the whole Earth can be contained in it. Images from the Hubble Space Telescope of NASA and the European Space Agency have made it clear that the speed of this spot is increasing.
Telescope data shows that the winds in the outer part of Jupiter’s giant red spot have been increasing in the last few years. According to the latest hurricane report, the average wind speed within the boundary of the storm is called this high-speed ring. It has increased by 8 percent from 2009 to 2020.
There is a slow flow of clouds inside
At the same time, the wind is still blowing relatively slowly in the innermost area of the red spot. This substantial red spot has been observed for at least 150 years. These dark red clouds are moving counter-clockwise at a speed of 600 kilometers per hour. This vortex has now become more significant than the width of the Earth.
Never seen this before
Michael Wong, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, who led the study, said that he asked what it meant when he saw these results. No one had seen this before, but only Hubble could see it. All these revelations are possible due to the long walk of Hubble.
What is this big red spot on Jupiter?
This substantial red spot-like shape on the planet Jupiter is the most significant storm not only of Jupiter but of the entire solar system. Recently, NASA’s Juno spacecraft passed near Jupiter and gave new information to scientists about it. They found that the root of this storm is 320 km deep in the atmosphere of the Guru. At the same time, a tropical storm on Earth can grow only up to 15 kilometers.
NASA says that the big red spot is throwing material out from inside Jupiter. Astronomers have found that it has been shrinking in size over the past century and is becoming more circular instead of oval. At present, its size is 16000 km, which means that the whole Earth can be contained in it.
Change is coming slowly
The clouds to the northeast of this red spot are moving towards the west. At the same time, the white clouds of the southwest are moving from east to south. Researchers say that if Hubble had not been observing it for 11 years, even this small change would not have been detected. Researchers say that the speed of each wind is changing at a rate of fewer than 2.5 kilometers per hour.
When researchers looked at two-decades-old data, it was said that the speed of this substantial red spot is increasing. But the wind maps of the year 2017 showed a sudden change. While Hubble has confirmed the increase in wind speed, its effect on the planet is difficult to know because astronomers cannot see the surface of Jupiter. Wang says that the data does not reveal anything under the clouds. Still, a lot of work needs to be done in this direction.