Jupiter's giant red spot shrinking, Hubble images show
The so-called "Great Red Spot" is a violent storm, which in the late 1800s was estimated to be about 25,000 miles (about 40,000 km) in diameter wide enough for three Earths to fit side by side.Also: Watch the Remarkable Shrinking of Jupiters Great Red Spot
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The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a little less great than it used to be. New images of the spot taken in April by the Hubble Space Telescope indicate that it's about 10,250 miles across, according to Amy Simon , an expert on Jupiter's atmosphere at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
In this comparison image the photo at the top was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995 and shows the spot at a diameter of just under 13,050 miles (21,000 km) the second down shows a 2009 photo of the spot at a diameter of just under 11,180 miles (18,000 km) and the lowest shows the newest image from taken in 2014 with the spot at its...
( via uk.reuters.com )
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