Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Jupiter Gets 2nd Red Spot

Very cool development on Jupiter -- a new Red Spot:

The gas giant is growing another red spot, which US space agency (Nasa) astronomers have nicknamed "Red Jr".

Both red spots are actually raging storms in Jupiter's cloud layer, but scientists don't yet know how they get their characteristic brick colour.

Red Jr is about half the size of the Great Red Spot and almost exactly the same colour, Science@Nasa reports.

The new storm goes by the official name of Oval BA. It was first observed in 2000, when three smaller spots collided and merged.



Jupiter growing another red spot 
BBC, Tuesday, 7 March 2006, 13:20 GMT

Posted at 09:26 AM in Science | Permalink


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