Scientists have discovered a massive cold spot on the surface of the gas planet. Planet Jupiter is known to feature a Great Red Spot on its surface, a storm which has twice the diameter of our planet which erupts on the surface of the planet. Nevertheless, after further studies, astronomers unveiled a great spot which has approximately the same size as the Great Red Spot.
The Great Red Spot is not the only weather system on Jupiter
The Great Cold Spot was uncovered by using information gathered by the Very Large Telescope in Chile. This massive cold spot appears to share some similarities with the Great Red Spot of the gas giant. Scientists established that the Great Cold Spot is even bigger than Earth, measuring 7,500 miles in latitude and 15,000-mile sin longitude.
Nevertheless, after the Hubble Space Telescope captured some pictures, scientists unveiled that the Great Red Spot is currently in a continuously shrinking process. They showed that the red spot measures now only 10,250 miles across, being less than half of its original size when discovered. The massive cold spot is believed to be very cold compared to the rest of the gas giant.
Scientists discovered a massive cold spot, too which appears to be bigger than Earth
The Great Cold Spot is not a place per se, but a weather pattern. For instance, the Great Red Spot is known to be the result of a huge storm bursting in the violent atmosphere of Jupiter. The massive cold spot is always believed to be a weather system. Astronomers claim that this place may have formed due to the fantastic aurorae of the gas planet.
The auroras which occur here are bound to drive energy in the form of heat which surrounds the planet, thus developing a place where a layer of the atmosphere cools down. Scientists believe that sustained cooling is likely to develop vortices which could be compared to the Great Red Spot. According to the way in which this Great Cold Spot rebuilds, scientists believe that it could be as cold as Jupiter’s auroras which are known to be thousands of years old.
Tom Stallard, a planetary astronomer at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, stated that this finding represents the first time when a weather system in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter has been analyzed, excluding the bright aurorae of the gas giant.
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