On Thursday, researchers at NASA have claimed the storm at Great Red Spot on planet Jupiter appears to be deeper rooted than the planet’s cloud cover, probably 350 to 500 kilometers (200 to 300 miles) based on data collected by NASA spacecraft Juno through microwave and gravity measurements.
The data from Juno spacecraft is aiding the scientist to get a more profound knowledge of Jupiter Violent atmosphere. Jupiter is the 5th planet of the Solar System known as a gas giant with a diameter of 1,43,000 kilometers (88500 miles). A 1000 Earths can fit inside it.
The planet Jupiter consists primarily of hydrogen, helium, and traces of other gases. The color of the planet is maintained by the stripes and the Great Red Spot Storms.
On its own, the Great Red Spot storm measures 16,000 kilometers wide (10,000 miles) in the southern part of Jupiter; its clouds spin anticlockwise at high speed. Scientists consider it a wonder of our solar system and has been in existence for centuries. Till now, scientists had very little knowledge of the area below the cloud surface of Jupiter. They are puzzled as to how a storm can endure for such a long period.
Marzia Parisi, a Juno scientist from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California leading the second study, stated that the Great Red Spot storm is wide enough to swallow the Earth.
Scientists were able to see beneath the cloud level with the help of an instrument known as a Microwave Radiometer. It has aided to check the structure of Jupiter’s numerous vortex storms, including The Great Red Spot storm.
Jupiter and Earth are very different based on a comparison of size and surface structure.
Juno has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016, it will explore Jupiter’s moon, Europa, and the small rings around the planet in the near future.