Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

Scientists have made a new discovery about a huge and protracted storm in the atmosphere of the planet Jupiter.

A study recently published in Science says that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a storm wide enough to cover the Earth, is also extremely deep.

The US space agency NASA’s spacecraft, the Juno, uses special tools to take pictures of the planet.

Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in Texas was the lead scientist in the study. He said that microwave radiation and gravity mapping tools from Juno show the storm “fades out “slowly and” keeps going down. “He explained that the storm does not have a clear end point under the clouds.

The storm probably has a depth between 350 and 500 kilometers. It is 16,000 kilometers wide.

The planet is known for powerful storms in its atmosphere. Thousands of storms vortex around Jupiter at any given time, scientists said. The storms cause the colorful cloud patterns shown by photography and mapping tools. Some of the tools produce images in three dimensions.

Bolton said the next project for Juno is to map the storms in the extreme north and south of the planet. They could be even deeper than the big red spot.

Bolton said he did not want to guess that the big red spot was the deepest of the planet’s storms. However, he said since the place is the widest, it can also be the deepest.

The Juno spacecraft began orbiting Jupiter in 2016. NASA recently announced that the project will be extended to 2025.

I’m Dan Friedell.

Dan Friedell adapted this story for Learning English based on a report by The Associated Press. Mario Ritter, Jr. was editor.

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Words in this story

fade – v. To become weaker; to disappear slowly

vortex V. To move in circles or to cause such movement

pattern – n. A repeated shape or design

dimension – n. The length, width, height or depth of something: a measurement in one direction (such as the distance from the ceiling to the floor in a room)


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