The most famous storm in the solar system is diminishing as we speak. The Red Great Spot of Jupiter is shrinking. Astronomers have found the differences comparing the last images given by the NASA’s Juno probe from July 2017.
The Great Red Spot of Jupiter was discovered in 1831 by Samuel Heinrich Schwabe and is supposed to have a lifespan of between 350 and 500 years.
Within this anticyclonic storm, the winds can reach up to 404 miles per hour.
200 years ago, the Great Red Spot had a diameter of nearly 40,000 kilometers. It was large enough to be visible with the help of a non-performing telescope and big enough to swallow three planets of Earth’s size.
When will the Great Red Spot of Jupiter disappear?
The Juno probe will take another good look at the Great Red Spot in April this year and again in July and September 2019.
The Jupiter’s “trademark” spot’s dimensions have varied over time and in 2014 has reached the smallest diameter in history, according to a NASA report. In 2014, the Great Red Spot shrank to a 10,000 miles diameter (larger than Earth’s with approximately 2,400 miles).
“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.
As the storms on the Earth vanish, so will do the great storm of Jupiter, eventually.
According to the initial theories, the Great Red Spot should disappear in between 2181 and 2331.
When will that happen is not easy to predict so nobody knows precisely. However, if the recently observed differences in the present size of the Jupiter’s storm and its past dimensions will grow at the same pace, the Great Red Spot will vanish in the next 10 or 20 years.
Thus, you should take a look at the famous storm of our solar system when it is still there because the Great Red Spot of Jupiter is shrinking and will most probably die in the next 10 or 20 years.