By Jaime Trosper
Jupiter is known for many things, from its huge size to its 60-some exotic moons, but its Great Red Spot is inarguably one of its grandest features. Unfortunately, NASA revealed last year that Jupiter’s Great Spot is shrinking so drastically, it could completely disappear in a few short years.
First made note of by Giovanni Cassini (yes, the guy the Cassini mission to Saturn was named after), the Great Red Spot is a colossal storm that has been brewing in Jupiter’s upper-atmosphere for at least 400 years—though no one knows exactly how long it has been around, or exactly how it formed in the first place. Thanks to images and measurements taken by Hubble and space-based probes, we know that the storm’s red hue comes from an assortment of complex organic molecules: like sulfur and red phosphorus.
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