With all the recent hullabaloo about water on Mars, being able to spot Uranus in the night sky, and flying past Pluto, all the other fascinating worlds in our solar system have been neglected. Well, it’s time to remember how awesome Jupiter is. NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center has just released an ultra-high resolution animation of the fifth planet based on observations from the Hubble Space Telescope.
These images are the first to come out of a new Hubble program that will study each of the outer planets (Jupiter and beyond) each year, analyzing their atmosphere, storms, winds, and clouds to watch how they change over time. In Jupiter’s case, researchers have determined that the Great Red Spot is still shrinking—its long axis is about 150 miles shorter than it was last year. They also discovered a rare wave north of the gas giant's equator that is similar to one in Earth’s atmosphere that sometimes appears when cyclones are forming.
Make sure to watch in high resolution!
[h/t: The Verge]
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