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Jupiter's Great Red Spot. The Great Red Spot is a great anti-cyclonic (high pressure) storm akin to a hurricane on Earth, but it is enormous (three Earths would fit within its boundaries) and it has persisted for at least the 400 years that humans have observed it through telescopes. Since it is anti-cyclonic in Jupiter's Southern hemisphere, the rotation is counterclockwise, with a period of about 6 days. (A hurricane in Earth's Southern hemisphere rotates clockwise.)

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NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: Hubble's Jupiter And The Amazing Shrinking Great Red Spot

NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: Hubble’s Jupiter And The Amazing Shrinking Great Red Spot

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot — You could cram more than 1300 Earths inside Jupiter and still have room to spare.

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This is a reprocessed image of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot from the 1979 Voyager 1 encounter with the planet. Old data like this is being crunched by people like Bjorn Jonsson to create new and better detailed images that were not possible when the data sets were originally acquired.

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IR view of Jupiter's atmosphere by New Horizons, a NASA robotic spacecraft mission currently en route to Pluto.

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thedemon-hauntedworld: “ Jupiter’s Great Red Spot from Voyager 1 Color Inverted What will become of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot? Recorded as shrinking since the 1930s, the rate of the Great Red Spot’s...

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The Great Red Spot of Jupiter, as seen from the Voyager 1 spacecraft, a gigantic hurricane-like storm system that has been raging for over 300-years, and perhaps much longer. Three Earths could fit inside it.

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