NASA has been studying Jupiter and the fascinating giant storm wider than our planet closer than ever thanks to its Juno Spacecraft. The Great Red Spot is a result of powerful jet streams which spin in opposite directions, but they won't be able to keep churning forever.
The Juno probe will take another good look at the Great Red Spot in April this year and again in July and September 2019.
"Nothing lasts forever", said Glenn Orton, a scientist at NASA JPL and leader of the Juno mission, referring to the Jupiter's Great Red Spot.
'Maybe sometime after that the Great Red Memory'.
As researchers try to delve deep into the spot that has become the face of Jupiter and has possibly been existing for more than 350 years, a NASA researcher has said that the spectacular storm is gradually disappearing and could fade away in as a little as a decade.
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Late previous year, Juno revealed some surprising information about the huge storm, including how deep into the planet it goes. "The GRS is stable and long-lived, because it's "wedged" between two jet streams that are moving in opposite directions". Also, the Juno data revealed that the jet streams coming out of Jupiter travel speed of a speed of more than 300 miles per hour and these superfast jet streams give more power to the anti-cyclonic storms of the Great Red Spot. That keeps "feeding momentum into the vortex", Orton said.
One of the most recognizable landmarks of any planet in our solar system has to be the Great Red Spot on Jupiter.
It's been raging for hundreds of years, but that may be coming to an end.
Earth's jet streams are influenced by the closeness of the dynamic atmosphere to the planet's land and sea, as well as it's slower rotation compared to Jupiter.
The iconic storm that is now 10,000-mile-wide (16,000-kilometer-wide), was estimated to be about 35,000 miles (56,000km) in diameter in the 1800s - wide enough for four Earths to fit side by side. It's already a lot smaller than it was in the 1970s, when Voyagers 1 and 2 flew past it and measured it at about the size of two Earth widths. A dearth in recordings before 1830 makes it hard to know if this the famous Great Red Spot. Orton said that not all the storms on Jupiter have a long lifespan and the storms of Great Red Spot are an exceptional case.