Could Jupiter get a new red spot?

We find out if it’s possible for the gas giant to grow another of its famous red blemishes

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It’s possible that storms such as those that power the Great Red Spot will pop up again in Jupiter’s atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA 

It’s possible that storms such as those that power the Great Red Spot will pop up again in Jupiter’s atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA

Asked by Sarah Jones

The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is actually a huge storm that has been raging for at least 350 years. As a result of Jupiter’s ongoing tumultuous weather it is possible that more of these storms will pop up. Study of Jupiter has revealed a great many storms and vortices across its surface, though none as large as the Great Red Spot. While we see storms form and change regularly, the exact origin of the Great Red Spot is unknown. Though its existence proves that storms of this size can form, we are unsure if we will see another of this size appear. The Great Red Spot continues to be investigated as we attempt to unravel its mystery.

Answered by Josh Barker from the National Space Centre

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