connectVideoThe Hubble Space Telescope captures the birth of one of Neptune’s ‘Great Dark Spot’ storms
The Hubble Space Telescope captures the birth of one of Neptune’s ‘Great Dark Spot’ storms. Astronomers started to study of a storm on the eighth planet from the Sun in 2015 if they are spotted white clouds forming, then in 2018, a dark storm was spotted, where the white clouds were forming.
Jupiter can be known for its Great Red Spot, but the Hubble Space Telescope has captured the other planetary anomaly in the depths of space — the birth of one of Neptune’s “Great Dark Spot” storms.
Astronomers started to study of a storm on the eighth planet from the Sun in 2015 if they are spotted white clouds forming. Three years later, a dark storm was spotted, where the white clouds were forming, the researchers noted.
“We were so busy with the tracking of these smaller storm of 2015, that we do not necessarily expect to see a big” so fast,” Amy Simon, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., said in a statement.
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“It was definitely a surprise,” Simon added. “We were used to looking at Jupiter is the Great Red Spot, which were probably there for more than 100 years.”
The findings were published in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters.
Researchers have observed six “Large Dark Spots” on Neptune goes back almost 30 years, according to the study. It is possible that each storm lasts for up to six years, although the study suggests that two years of life “more likely.”
The first two storms were captured by the probe Voyager 2 in 1989, the Hubble telescope capturing the other four.
Continued study of these storms gives researchers new insights into the planet’s atmosphere, how the storms form and where they come from.
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“A search of the global Hubble Neptune images from 2015 to 2017 appears smaller clouds are present at locations in accordance with this storm, meaning, it takes many years to form. If so, it may come from a much deeper in the atmosphere than previously thought,” the researchers wrote in a clear language summary of the research.