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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.