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10.21.20
Storm in a Teacup

Hubble Catches Massive New Storm Brewing on Jupiter

__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Hard Science
NASA, ESA, STScI

Jupiter Storm

Last month, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope took a gorgeous new close-up image of Jupiter some 406 million miles from Earth, with the planet’s icy moon Europa pictured off to the left.

In addition to the iconic Great Red Spot region, scientists were able to spot a brand new storm brewing — and it’s a big one.

Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI

New Storms Brewing

Stretched along Jupiter’s mid-northern latitudes is a bright white storm, traveling along the planet’s surface at 350 mph (56 km/h), according to NASA.

The storm erupted on August 18, with two additional plumes closely following it at the same latitude.

Red Spot Junior

The image also shows Jupiter’s Great Red Spot in a rich dark color. The storm now spans about 9,800 miles end to end, large enough to swallow the Earth. It’s technically shrinking in size, but we have no idea why.

Below the Red Spot is Oval BA, or “Red Spot Junior” as astronomers like to call it. According to the new image, the smaller spot is slowly turning to a similar shade than its much larger cousin.

READ MORE: Hubble Captures Crisp New Portrait of Jupiter’s Storms [NASA]