Jupiter’s Great Red Spot May Soon Disappear...
...or it may not. Scientists aren’t quite sure what will happen to the shrinking mega-storm.
Aside from its size, the planet Jupiter is perhaps best known for the roiling vermilion tempest that swirls south of its equator. The storm, which is big enough to comfortably swallow Earth, is appropriately (if not creatively) known as Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.
The Great Red Spot has been a fixture of Jupiter’s cloudy visage for centuries and is among the most recognizable features in the solar system. But it won’t always be there. In fact, the Great Red Spot is shrinking, and recently, news stories reported that it could vanish within the next 10 or 20 years.
Wait—is that true? Let’s find out.
Yep. The Great Red Spot is in fact a gigantic storm. It used to measure several Earths