Jupiter’s iconic ‘Great Red Spot’ shrinking, but getting taller, says NASA


New Delhi: Jupiter’s iconic Great Red Spot is getting taller as it shrinks, NASA revealed on Tuesday.

One of Jupiter’s most eye-catching, enigmatic features, the ‘Great Red Spot’ is being monitored since 1830.

As researchers try to delve deep into the spot that has become the face of Jupiter and has possibly been existing for more than 350 years, a NASA researcher in February this year had revealed that the spectacular storm was disappearing and could fade away in as a little as a decade.

Being the largest – and now officially the oldest – planet of the solar system, Jupiter has caught the fancy of scientists and astronomers compelling them to study the gas giant better by delving into its interiors.

The Great Red Spot is a giant oval of crimson-colored clouds in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere that race counterclockwise around the oval’s perimeter with wind speeds greater than any storm on Earth.

The findings, published in the Astronomical Journal, indicate that the Great Red…

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