Jupiter's Little Red Spot makes a second safe trip past the Great one
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla
18-07-2008 8:47 CDT
The Hubble team released a montage of three images of Jupiter today, showing the dance of three red spots in the southern hemisphere of Jupiter. A three-image montage begs to be animated, so here it is:It seems the Little Red Spot is big enough, and far enough from the Great Red Spot, to survive the occasional passage past its bigger brother unscathed. (Here's what I wrote about the first passage.) But a new little baby red spot seems to have been eaten! Poor thing. Such meals may be what keeps the Great Red Spot so stable over such a long period of time.
Although Hubble's are the highest quality photos out there, for lengthy temporal coverage of all such events on Jupiter you can't beat amateur astronomer Christopher Go's website. He's got many, many more than three images of the changing southern hemisphere storms covering the same time period.
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