What’s So Strange Happening On Jupiter?
On earth, hurricanes last a few days, but on Jupiter, there is a storm that has not stopped for almost 400 years.
This is Jupiter’s great red spot, a colossal storm 9942 miles (16,000 km) wide and holding incredible mysteries.
What feeds this massive hurricane, and why does it have that color? Will it disappear one day? Let’s find out! It isn’t easy to get an idea of its enormous proportions.
The Great Red Spot is the diameter and longest-lasting storm in the Solar System, with a diameter larger than our planet. Its clouds rise 5 miles (8 km) above Jupiter’s other clouds.
Hurricane-force winds whip the edge of the storm at more than 250 miles per hour (400 kilometers per hour).
And it is not a temporary phenomenon: while storms on Earth usually last a few days, this storm has been active for at least 350 years.