The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a giant, spinning storm in the planet’s atmosphere. These spots can be compared to cyclone or hurricane on Earth. However, these giant spinning storms are extremely larger, wherein three planets can even get inside it. According to astrologers, the wind inside this giant hurricane has speeds about 270 miles per hours.
The Discovery of the Red Spot on Jupiter
It is unknown when the Great Red Spot first appeared in the planet, but it has been seen by people on Earth about 400 years ago. The current red spot on the planet is thrice the size of Earth. It rotates in a counter clockwise direction. Also, this spot is higher than the other clouds in the Jovian atmosphere.
Presumably, the existence of red spot on Jupiter is related to the fact that it has never come on land, which is the same case of hurricane on Earth. Astrologers and researchers presume that the great red spot is derived by Jupiter’s internal heath source.
Based on computer simulations, strong heath disturbance can be stable in Jupiter. Strong disturbances tend to absorb the weaker ones, and that explains that size of the red spot. As for the clouds, astrologers could not explain the reason for its red coloring. Others suggest that the red coloring of the clouds on Jupiter can be caused by certain phosphorus compounds. It has been said that the compounds of phosphorus is responsible for the reddish-brown hue of Jupiter, but this suggestion still remains speculative. Astrologers understand the broad properties of Jupiter only, but not all of the detailed features of the Great Red Spot. This is a remarkable phenomenon that remains undiscovered.
Other Facts about Jupiter
Everyone knows that Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System, but only few know about the fun facts about this planet. The inner layers of Jupiter consist of liquid metallic hydrogen, an element that has not yet been produced on Earth. Basically, hydrogen does not conduct electricity or heat very well, wherein heat and electricity are the defining characteristics of metal.
The extreme pressure found inside the Jupiter has led to the theory that the electrons are released from the hydrogen molecules, and these electrons are free to move in the inside. The movement of electrons from the inside causes the hydrogen to behave like a metal, and conduct both electricity and heat.
Jupiter has an intense magnetic field, and it is presumed that this results from electrical currents in the regions of rapidly spinning metallic hydrogen. It also thought that this metallic hydrogen is composed of 75% of Jupiter’s mass.
Exploring the Internal of Jupiter
Humans have limited understanding about Jupiter’s interior, as there is no existing laboratory knowledge about the behavior of the metallic hydrogen found in the airspace of the planet. Astrologers and researchers are forced to rely on theories and computer simulations to study the planet and its remarkable phenomenon. Conversely, Jupiter’s properties provide tough challenge to human understanding of matter under such condition. Over the years, researchers are still looking for the best possible cause of the red spot on Jupiter, and this is the only answer they have come up with.