NASA Just Announced That A Massive Storm Was Detected on Jupiter by Juno

By | November 21, 2022
NASA Just Announced That A Massive Storm Was Detected on Jupiter by Juno

For almost 150 years, when humans have 
looked at Jupiter, they’ve seen a raging   Vortex larger than the Earth itself 
swirling with layers of wind and gas.  The Great Red Spot. a high-pressure storm that 
has been brewing on Jupiter for hundreds of years. In 2017, observations by NASA’s Juno 
spacecraft found that the root of the   Great Red Spot extends 50 to 100 times 
deeper than the deepest ocean on Earth.  And it has no plans of winding down anytime soon. In the late 1880s, the Great 
Red Spot measured as wide as   35,000 miles, or around four times the diameter 
of Earth. Then, by the time the Voyager spacecraft   Made it’s journey to the gas giant, a century 
later, the storm appeared to be about twice   The width of Earth. This led scientists to debate 
whether the Great Red Spot was shrinking in size. In May 2019, an amateur astronomer 
spotted something unusual about   The Great Red Spot. A blade-like shape 
seemed to be flaking off from the vortex,   Which led some to believe that it 
would soon disintegrate into oblivion. So now, a team of scientists have discovered 
that not only does the storm live on,   But it's winds are actually picking up speed. What is fueling the Great Red Spot? 
And how is it maintaining its energy? NASA’s Juno probe continues to 
study the giant planet and map   Its interior structure while taking 
stunning photos of the world as well.   It can provide us perhaps the best vistas of 
the storm when aligned just right. Monitoring   Will also continue by the Hubble Space 
Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope,   Which already took a stunning portrait 
of Jupiter a couple of months ago. One of the benefits of the James Webb 
Telescope, and of space telescopes in   General, is that they can observe in the 
infrared part of the spectrum. Because   Of interference from Earth's atmosphere, 
our ground-based telescopes cannot achieve   This feat. Hence, these Jupiter photos 
are literally taken in a "new" light. You can see auroras, or beautiful light shows 
that appear in the sky, in Jupiter's atmosphere.   There are crackling storms, sweeping winds and 
unimaginable heights and lows of temperature. Two upcoming missions — ESA’s Jupiter Icy 
Moons Explorer (JUICE) and NASA’s Europa   Clipper — will orbit Jupiter while getting 
unprecedented views of Jupiter’s intriguing   Moons. It may, in the process, get more than 
a few good glimpses of the great red spot. The largest planet in the Solar System, 
Jupiter has an exceptional gravitational pull,   Which helps protect the Earth 
from similar incidents, but   This same gravitational force can 
also cause accidents to happen. An amateur astronomer caught Jupiter in trouble 
as a large object smacked into the gas giant,  

Creating a small “poof” in 
the planet’s atmosphere. Yes,   Accidents happen, even in space.
The brief footage shows an object   Crashing straight into the planet, 
leaving a small impact behind.  Planetary astronomers are not quite sure 
whether the object is an asteroid or a comet. But don’t worry, Jupiter has actually seen 
worse. The largest planet in the Solar   System often attracts this kind of scuffle 
due to its exceptional gravitational pull,   Which helps protect the 
Earth from similar incidents. “We do know that it can't have been 
too big — images of Jupiter since   The impact doesn't reveal an impact scar, 
although the impact flash looked enormous,   It's not a 1:1 indicator of how big the 
impact event itself was.” Said Paul Byrne. The object could have been a few tens to 
perhaps a few hundreds of meters in size.   So this small object probably exploded 
in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere since it   Lacked enough size and speed to really 
pierce through and leave behind a scar. Due to its humongous size and its orbit, 
which puts it close to the asteroid belt,   Jupiter often gets smacked by these 
objects. The most famous incident   Took place in 1994 when fragments of the 
Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet collided with Jupiter. Astronomers believe that Jupiter’s sheer 
massive size actually deflects some of   These impacts from the rest of the Solar 
System’s planets by taking them on itself. As the largest and most massive planet around 
the Sun, Jupiter's gravity is so strong that it   May actually fling some of these flying space 
objects outside of the Solar System before   They get closer to Earth. In fact, some scientists 
think that’s why life on Earth was able to thrive. Jupiter then, is like the older kid protecting 
the underdogs from the bullies on the playground   Of the Solar System. One that takes its share 
of hits along the way, but what do I know?