Hubble Views Ancient Storm in the Atmosphere of Jupiter - Full Disk
March 19, 2003
The long lifetime of the Red Spot may be due to the fact that Jupiter is mainly a gaseous planet. It possibly has liquid layers, but lacks a solid surface, which would dissipate the storm's energy, much as happens when a hurricane makes landfall on the Earth. However, the Red Spot does change itsshape, size, and color, sometimes dramatically.
Topics: Planetary atmospheres, Jupiter, Planetary science, Environment, energy, Great Dark Spot, Tropical cyclone, Storm, Vortices, Exploration of Jupiter, Atmosphere, Planet