Jupiter’s long-lasting storm

Scientists think they understand why Jupiter’s Great Red Spot doesn’t die

By Stephen Ornes, 17:11 PM December 16, 2013

Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, hosts one of the largest known storms. Nearly twice as wide as Earth, this storm looks like a big, reddish-brown eye in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere. It’s known as the Great Red Spot. Its winds have churned at least since the storm was first observed. That was nearly 200 years ago. Most studies predict it should have fizzled out ages ago. But a team of scientists now says that gases flowing vertically — meaning up and down — may explain the st...

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