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Amateur astronomers report seeing ‘the blades’ on Jupiter is the Great Red Spot

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Jupiter is ‘dramatic’ features of NASA’s Juno mission wow, the internet and space enthusiasts.

What is in a name? Well, for the amateur astronomers and scientists fixated on Jupiter, there is a recent describe his iconic storm as more than just a big red stain .

Here on Earth, storms are born, and then they disappear. And although it lingered for hundreds of years , Jupiter’s famous vortex may be approaching the end of its life span, also, how strange that may seem.

The Great Red Spot — GRS for short — is getting smaller . The system was once very elongated, a NASA scientist Glenn Orton joked “would have been better referred to as the Great Red Sausage” in a May 21 e-mail to Space.com. Orton added that the GRS has shrunk at a fairly consistent rate. Recently, amateur astronomers looking at new formations, “the sheets” and “flakes” spinning out of the Great Red Spot. Some reports have called an argument — when the experts Space.com spoken would not describe this activity in that way, it is still very fascinating to watch.

From the Philippines, amateur astronomer Christopher Go observed a reddish enlargement on the left side of this counterclockwise storm at photographing Jupiter on Friday (May 17).

To the south, in Australia, amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley captured one of these special forms come from the spot two days later on Sunday (May 19), and then again on Wednesday (22 May).

As they battle terrestrial weather conditions to keep an eye on the place from the changes of the Earth, NASA’s Juno mission studies of the close-up of a job. The spacecraft came into Jupiter in July 2016, and is currently in the 19th perijove, or the point in the satellite’s orbit the closest to Jupiter’s center. Images of Juno’s from the 17th and 18th observational flybys also some of these scaly formations.

The red flakes lasted more than a week. This is according to a report by e-mail by John Rogers of the British Astronomical Association, a network for amateur astronomers, from 15 May. Scientists with Juno and prepare for a study of the other aspects of the Great Red Spot when the probe flies over the weather in July 2019.

But the mission has been noticed that these blade formations in the past. Orton told Space.com that Juno “observations sensitive to higher-level hazes have detected that at a great height, ‘flakes or ‘blades’ apart from the western side of the GRS,” adding that this is a rare phenomenon until 2017.

“Some observers have implied that these [sheets] were caused by the arrival of a vortex in a jet just south of the GRS move from east to west in a dark environment, which is characterized by the deeper clouds, known as the” Red Spot Hollow,'” Orton said. “Stay tuned, as the dark region around the GRS is growing in length and we will see what happens next.”

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You can watch an animation of Jupiter GRS changes by Shinji Mizumoto for the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers in Japan.

For now, Juno is focused on what there is deeper down in the GRS. One of Juno, the instruments, the Microwave Radiometer, found that the GRS “takes so far down in the atmosphere of the MWR to detect it,” Orton said. So if Juno will fly over in July, priority will be given to the “gravity-sensor of the mission” that could give scientists a better idea about how far Jupiter’s famous beauty mark.

While it is not clear what these blades can do about the Great Red Spot is a long life, the spot may be gone in 20 years. In February 2018 interview with Business Insider, Orton said the GRS “will be in a decade or two in the GRC (Large Red Circle) … maybe somewhere after that, the GRM [Big Red Memory.]”

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