The big red spot of Jupiter is getting bigger, changing the color as it shrinks, Reports NASA

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    The Great Red Spot of Jupiter is changing as the year progresses and, according to NASA's latest observations, it continues to grow in size until it becomes an "orange spot" rather than a red one.As noted by NASA, the last 150 years or so have seen the Great Red Spot contract, and that has left astronomers wondering if the storm will continue to decline in the area, or if there is a possibility that it will disappear altogether. But in a study conducted by the space agency, the researchers discovered that the storm remains true to its dynamic nature, growing higher to partially compensate for the area of ​​contraction and even increasing in the area at least once since it was first discovered. time.The first time the Great Red Spot of Jupiter was sighted was in 1831, with the storm that once believed itself capable of consuming at least three planets of similar size to Earth. Almost five decades later, in 1878, astronomers began tracking the size and drift of the Great Red Spot. This was where the study's lead author, Amy Simon, a specialist in planetary atmospheres at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, obtained the figures for the study of her team.Simon's team then mixed with NASA data, from the agency's Voyager missions in 1979, specifically isolating the annual data taken as part of the Outer Planets Atmospheres Legacy initiative. This project is led by scientists at NASA's Goddard Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley, who record observations from the Hubble Space Telescope.
    Using the combined data, the researchers tracked how Jupiter's Great Red Spot changed in size, shape, color and drift velocity, and collected information on the internal velocities of the wind over the years. Based on its findings, the constant drift of the storm has become faster as it moves westward, with its length generally decreasing since 1878, but increasing at some time in the 1920s. Currently, the Great Red Spot can only consume the equivalent of a planet the size of Earth."There is evidence in the archived observations that the Great Red Spot has grown and declined over time," said Reta Beebe, professor emeritus at the State University of New Mexico and one of the researchers behind the new study.
    With regard to the reason why Jupiter's Great Red Spot turned orange in the last four years, researchers believe that this could be related to the rising height of the storm, Fox News wrote. As chemists are responsible for giving the Great Red Spot its distinctive color, the higher height of the storm could be causing the chemicals to interact with the sun's UV radiation, therefore, the color change from bright red to orange darker.The new research marks the second time in recent weeks that NASA has noticed how the years of the Great Red Spot of Jupiter could be counted. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Juno mission team member Glenn Orton predicted that the storm could continue to shrink and "become the Great Red Circle" in approximately one or two decades, and possibly disappear at some point in the future.


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