Great Red Spot?
Big whorls have little whorls
Which feed on their velocity
Those little whorls
Have smaller whorls
And so on to viscosity
or thereabouts - it's a long time since I read it :)
Terrifying winds rip across Jupiter’s poles reaching speeds of up to 400 metres per second, or 900 miles an hour, three times as fast as the most powerful tornadoes on Earth, according to the first direct measurements of the gas giant's turbulent stratosphere. Astronomers refer to these particularly powerful bursts as jets. “ …
But how much can we rely on historical measurements (this goes for other things such a temperature as well). I'm sure their knowledge of how to take a measurement was good, but what about the actual equipment? What about things such as local temperatures say affecting the telescope itself?
Whenever I read about Jupiter's red spot, it beings to mind an Equinox episode from 1988 that has stuck in my mind ever since. In it they did an experiment which they claim predicts that essentially all large rotating gas giants will have similar spots.
This is the relevant section, but the whole program was amazing
Jupiter wouldn't be quite the same without its Red Spot.
Yes, everything changes. In millions of years, Saturn will no longer have any rings, Jupiter's Red Spot will have disappeared, and may other things will have taken place.
But, just for now, let's revel in what we have.
"Jupiter is made up predominantly of hydrogen, with some helium. Small traces of other gases also contribute to the planet's composition. These gases fill the entire planet, descending all the way to the core. The surface, as identified by scientists, is the region where the pressure is equal to that at the surface of Earth, one bar. But don't be misled by the term; you can't stand on Jupiter's surface, because it isn't solid. Below the surface, the gas becomes liquid and even plasma, all the way to the central core." https://www.space.com/18391-jupiter-temperature.html
The red spot has decreased as we humans have increased atmospheric pollution. There’s clearly a link.
We need to stop burning fossil fuels and over consuming before the Red spot disappears for ever, oh and we need to stop sending our junk into space, littering the place up.
"generated by the impact of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9"
Impact, impact. Pah! That was an (almost nearly close-as-well-might-have-been) perfectly good landing and as soon as I - errr - tidy up I'am good to go again. Just enjoying the landscape. And the weather. Yes.
And stop peeking at my fuel leak! This was there before the cra^H^H^Hlanding, you know.
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