Amazing pictures of the Great Red Spot on the Gas Giant Jupiter has been taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The latest images reveal that the famed red spot is losing steam and it is getting smaller. The Red Spot on the largest planet in the solar system is a massive atmospheric storm and latest pictures taken by Hubble telescope reveal that the Red Spot has shrunk by at least 150 miles. The Voyager spacecraft had flown besides the Gas Giant way back in 1979 when it beamed the first pictures up-close of the Great Red Spot.
The Red spot has shrunk considerably and is today just half of what it was 100 years ago. The red color of the spot has waned considerably and the color at the centre not as intense as before. Scientists predict that eventually the red spot will disappear and this will be an interesting line of investigation in the future.
NASA has been studying the Great Red Spot for decades but still labels the spot as a mystery and still not sure what it is. The red spot is believed to be about 300 years old since astronomers since the discovery of telescope has been viewing it as a large dot.
The Red Spot is massive and is bigger than planet earth. It is believed to be a huge storm with winds racing at 400 miles per hour. What has made the dark spot more perplexing is researchers are not able to get to the root of the issue because of the thick atmosphere of Jupiter.
Jupiter is the most massive planet in our Solar System. Its diameter is almost 11 times that of earth and its volume is 1300 times greater than Earth. Much of Jupiter is composed of gasses instead of solid materials. Hence the Gas giant could be 300 times as massive as compared to Earth but it is just 25% as dense.