Jupiter’s Great Red Spot extremely hot!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Share to Google Classroom

Jupiter has a Great Red Spot. The Great Red Spot is a giant, spinning storm in Jupiter’s atmosphere. It is like a hurricane on Earth, but it is much larger. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is more than twice the size of Earth! Winds inside this storm reach speeds of about 430 km/hr.

Researchers from the UK and USA have found that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is blasting the planet’s upper atmosphere with heat.

Using measurements from an infrared telescope in Hawaii, they found evidence for temperatures as high as 1,300 degrees Celcius – hundreds of degrees warmer than anywhere else on the planet!

They suggest the hotspot is created by thunderous soundwaves “breaking” in the thin upper reaches of the atmosphere.

Scientists have been trying to uncover the reason why temperatures in Jupiter’s atmosphere are bafflingly high when the planet is more than five times the distance from the Sun than Earth. Here at home, the sunlight is what heats the atmosphere at altitudes high above the surface, but Jupiter’s atmosphere also reaches the same high temperatures.

This finding may offer a solution to why Jupiter is so warm.

15 Responses

  1. Wow, I didn’t know that Jupiter had a great red spot that’s actually a spinning storm in it’s atmosphere! It’s very interesting that I know know though.

  2. I think this is great news beacuse you tell us whats happing in jupiter and u go in to detail so we know alot about.keep it up

  3. i didnt know that there was a spinning storm on jupiter and that that it was over 1,300 degrese

  4. I think this article is very great for young learners like myself and the way you wrote this event was easy for me to read and this is a very interesting topic to share.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

There’s a new genius in town, and she’s only 2...
In a hair-raising tale from Uttar Pradesh, India, meet Smita...
In a bizarre incident in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia,...
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are back, and this year...

World & National News

New Transport Minister Simeon Brown has asked the New Zealand...
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is zooming into production and will...
In a historic address at COP28, King Charles III has...
Christmas is just around the corner, and what better way...