Questions tagged [great-red-spot]

Questions about the Great Red Spot, a persistent high-pressure region in the atmosphere of Jupiter, and the largest storm on a planet of the solar system.

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Is Jupiter's Red Spot "locked in place" or does it move around?

A person could be forgiven when looking at Jupiter's Red Spot storm for concluding that it doesn't move. That it's geologically locked in place. But is it? I know it's a stretch to use the phrase &...
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Time evolution data of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter?

Jupiter's Great Red Spot fascinates scientists for ages, so it does me. Where can I find a table (e.g. as CSV-file) with the time evolution of longitude, latitude, horizontal and vertical extension of ...
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How is the height of the Great Red Spot measured?

This answer states that the Great Red Spot is getting taller. This means that we are able the determine the spot's height. How do we do this?
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What is behind the Great Red Spot's longevity?

On Earth, storms can last a few days. The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a storm that has been going on for more than 400 years now. What is different on Jupiter that makes it possible for storms to ...
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Why is the Great Red Spot shrinking?

The Great Red Spot is an anticyclonic storm on Jupiter that is bigger than the Earth. Based on the Wikipedia article, it has been shrinking in size for the last 400 years, going from 41 to 16 thousand ...
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What weather is present in Jupiter's Great Red Spot?

What weather is present in Jupiter's Great Red Spot? Is it raining? Is it snowing? There is definitely a hurricane a-blowing :-). I know it is very cold, has extremely high winds and clouds of an ...
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What Would it Look Like Inside Jupiter's Great Red Spot?

From what I've read, Jupiter's 'Great Red Spot' is an unbelievably powerful storm. Do astronomers and scientists have any idea of what that might look like if it were possible to be inside/below it? ...
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Do great spot like features favour appear in south hemisphere?

As we know, both Jupiter and Neptune have great spot like features in South hemisphere, and Saturn has dragon storm in south hemisphere, is it true that great spot like features appear in South ...
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Why is Jupiter's Great Red Spot reddish?

The Great Red Spot is a persistent anticyclonic storm, 22° south of Jupiter's equator. Why is it reddish? From Wikipedia: It is not known exactly what causes the Great Red Spot's reddish color. Are ...