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The Great Red Spot of Jupiter SHRINKING ~ A storm that's been raging for over 300 years, it's three times the size of the entire Earth. NASA's recent Hubble Space Telescope observations confirm the Great Red Spot now is approximately 10,250 miles across, less than half the size of some historical measurements. Hubble's images over a span of decades show that the Great Red Spot is SHRINKING. NASA's Juno spacecraft is hurtling toward Jupiter now, due to reach the giant planet in July 2016…

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You could use these sweet backgrounds (21 photos)

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot. The Great Red Spot is a great anti-cyclonic (high pressure) storm akin to a hurricane on Earth, but it is enormous (three Earths would fit within its boundaries) and it has persisted for at least the 400 years that humans have observed it through telescopes. Since it is anti-cyclonic in Jupiter's Southern hemisphere, the rotation is counterclockwise, with a period of about 6 days. (A hurricane in Earth's Southern hemisphere rotates clockwise.)

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A cylindrical projection of Jupiter stitched together from photos taken by the Cassini spacecraft during its December 2000 flyby of the planet.

A cylindrical projection of Jupiter stitched together from photos taken by the Cassini spacecraft during its December 2000 flyby of the planet.

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16 Incredible Images From NASA's Hubble Space Telescope

Jupiter Breaks Out in Spots - A third red spot has appeared alongside the Great Red Spot and Red Spot Jr. in the turbulent Jovian atmosphere. The visible-light images were taken on May 9 and 10 with Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera

Jupiter herbs bring growth, both spiritual & physical. They expand the mind. Borage, carnation, maple, oak, pine, dandelion, figs, sage

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Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. It has 67 moons which orbit around it. The spot in the lower left is the Great Red Spot, a giant storm that has existed since the 17th century.

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Jupiter, Ganymede, Great Red Spot (Astronomy Picture of the Day RSS Feed)

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