Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot – an enormous  tempest raging on the side of the planet – was expected to dissipate rapidly,  but hundreds of years on, it is still one of the solar system’s most  recognizable and mysterious features.

Scientists were unsure why the giant spot has  prevailed, but now a team of U.S. researchers believe they have solved the  mystery, using computer models.

They think the vertical motion of the gases  holds the key to the Great Red Spot’s persistence by restoring part of its lost  energy.

The giant storm
The giant storm on the surface of Jupiter (pictured)  should have disappeared centuries ago, based on scientists’ understanding of  fluid dynamics. The turbulence and waves in the Red Spot sap the energy of its  winds and it loses more energy by radiating heat

 

The giant storm on the surface of the gaseous  planet should have disappeared centuries ago, based on scientists’ understanding  of fluid dynamics.

Pedram Hassanzadeh, a postdoctoral fellow at  Harvard University, said a number of processes combine to dissipate vortices  like the Red Spot.

The turbulence and waves in the violent storm  sap the energy of its winds and it loses more energy by radiating heat, which  should have caused the spot to fade away, Science Daily reported.

The spot sits between two strong jet streams  that flow in opposite directions and slow down the spot’s spinning, he  explained.

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