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Jupiter's Little White Spot Turns Red 105

Feelyat writes "NASA is reporting that a small storm that formed on Jupiter last year has changed color from white to red. According to an article in Yahoo News, scientist Amy Simon-Miller speculates that the storm might have gained strength as it decreased in size, similar to how 'spinning ice skaters go faster when they move their arms closer.' She says that the storm has probably 'picked up red material from lower in the Jupiter atmosphere, most likely some form of sulfur which turns red as part of a chemical reaction ...' Well, we might be one planet down, but our Solar System can still surprise."
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Jupiter's Little White Spot Turns Red

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  • by eldavojohn (898314) * <> on Thursday October 12, 2006 @12:23PM (#16410669) Journal
    Science: Jupiter's Little White Spot Turns Red
    Look, I've read about this guy [], and we do not want to piss him off.

    Ok, we have Gold Bond Medicated Powder [], we have astronauts, let's get up there and fix this!
  • by ackthpt (218170) * on Thursday October 12, 2006 @12:24PM (#16410681) Homepage Journal

    Read all about it before the Lidle crash took the top spots on Google News. It's interesting, but really, Jupiter is always up to something with that turbulent atmosphere. Streams of spots have appeared in the past and vanished again. [] This will probably hang around for a bit and then go the way of other spots.

    Meanwhile, there's Comet C/2006 M4 (SWAN) [], which is near it's peak magnitude, visible just after sunset which is my primary viewing target [] this weekend. It's going to be around until early December, but at declining magnitudes.

    Ob ISR Post:

    In Soviet Russia little reds spot YOU!

    you hear the ghost of Bill Goodwin ellaborating on swan, the new white floating comet

  • Is is space day on Slashdot?
  • by sentientbrendan (316150) on Thursday October 12, 2006 @12:27PM (#16410731)
    for most of us, these are not local weather conditions.
  • by BWJones (18351) * on Thursday October 12, 2006 @12:29PM (#16410759) Homepage Journal
    So, we've known for some time about the potential for atmospheric mixing in the Jovian atmosphere. In a way, I guess this would have been expected. For an animation of the Great Red Spot and its turbulence, click here [] and scroll down.

  • Uh oh (Score:5, Funny)

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) on Thursday October 12, 2006 @12:31PM (#16410785)
    I just got an email from that says:


    It's all in caps though, so it's probably spam...
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by iggymanz (596061)
      if Jupiter has acquired one of those monolith WMD we must invade and liberate it
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      just got an email from that says: ...
      It's all in caps though, so it's probably spam...


      hmm, crappy post. let's make this anonymous.
    • Dude, I just watched 2010 last night!
      What timing!

      I'm waiting for before I accept it as not spam though :)
      • by mgblst (80109)
        Yeah, I wonder what the chances of that are? Considering there are about a million geeks reading this, and geeks are only going to watch a small subet of all the movies out there. And there are stories about Jupiter every couple of, astronomical.

        Go buy a lottery ticket!
    • by NitsujTPU (19263)
      One of the most masterful reinterpretations of the end of 2010 is this: &cid=15049398 []

      HA HA HA HA
      • IN AD 2010
        war was ending

        Dr. Chandra: What happen?
        HAL: Somebody set up us the monolith
        HAL: We get signal, Dave
        Dr Chanrda: What?!
        HAL: Main screen turn on
        Dr Chandra: it's you!
        Dave: How are you gentlemen?
        Monolith: All your Europa are belong to us
        Monolith: Land there are you are on the way to destruction
        Dr Chandra: What you say!!
        Monolith: You have chance to make your peace
        Dave: Ha Ha Ha Ha
        Monolith: Take off every other planet together
        Dave: Take off every Leonev
        Dr. Chandra: Move Leonev
        Hal: For great justice
    • Shouldn't Jupiter have a top-level domain? blackmonolith@L2.jupiter
    • by mortonda (5175)
      More to the point, TCP/IP will timeout before getting to Mars, much less Jupiter.
    • by snarkth (1002832)
      It's all in caps though, so it's probably spam...

          So... does SETI run spamassassin on potential messages? Do they have any false positives? Or does the spellchecker reject it outright?

  • Title??? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Spez (566714) on Thursday October 12, 2006 @12:31PM (#16410795)
    FTA (emphasis mine):

    The Little Red Spot's winds, now raging up to approximately 400 miles per hour, signal that the storm is growing stronger, according to the NASA-led team that made the Hubble observations. The increased intensity of the storm probably caused it to change color from its original white in late 2005, according to the team

    It turned red last year and now its just stronger. Please editors RTFA!!!

    • by Danimoth (852665)
      Well, it took a little time for the message to get here from there, Comcast hasn't gotten around to installing the high speed conections out there so lags still a killer.
  • Sick (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    When it turns red like that, it means it is infected. Call a doctor.
  • Well, we might be one planet down, but our Solar System can still surprise.

    Uh, Mars?

    • I think by 'one planet down' they meant one fewer, as in, Pluto no longer being a planet. ;)
      • by Servo (9177)
        I thought they re-instated Pluto and added a 10th planet?
        • by hal2814 (725639)
          No, the Tenth Planet [] would be Mondas. Just watch out for the Cybermen if you go there.
          • by jd (1658)
            It's ok. Those cybermen are all in bodystockings and have been subjected to endless reruns of Up Pompeii. It's the cybermen with the air-conditioning unit on the chest that you've got to watch for.
        • by macpulse (823760)
          I'm pretty sure it is still up for debate. I say leave Pluto alone dangit!
  • I think it was caused by increased industrial emissions by the planet's richest countries.
    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Rather, Jupiters terror alert level just increased.
  • Changed color from white to red

    Why does this always happen on a Thursday? I'd recommend putting some cream on that, it should disappear by tomorrow, just in time for Ashley's party too (Jordan will be there, he's well yummy). Don't squeeze it though, that'll leave a scar.
  • Levees are bursting on Jupiter, and the increase in the number of hurricanes has been directly linked to the SUV-related climate changes brought to you by the evil corporationy Corporations.

    • Levees are bursting on Jupiter, and the increase in the number of hurricanes has been directly linked to the SUV-related climate changes brought to you by the evil corporationy Corporations.

      If there's a Jovian scale SUV, Arnold will want one, bugger the new California green-house gas laws.

  • by revery (456516)
    I've heard of that, I think it means it has TB.
  • It just the little spot's monthly visitor. Probably why its been nagging the Big Red Spot so much recently. Just give her a couple days to herself; go fishing or visit that college friend in the next town over. Once you get back everything will be back to normal.
  • What is the smell of a gas giant farting? (red sulphur, mmm)

    Who needs a wimpy planet like Pluto when you have Jupiter? Jupiter kicks extraterrestrial ass!

    BitWorks Music - recommended by 4 out of 5 aliens []

  • Looking at those pictures of Jupiter, they're dated back to April 8th and 16th of 2006.

    It makes me wonder... Why did NASA wait half a year before making this public? What's going on with Jupiter right now?
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by mr_matticus (928346)
      What's happening with Jupiter right now? It ate Pluto, forever ending the debate over its planetary status.
    • by Gospodin (547743)

      Clearly they want to influence the elections.

    • by suthers (986772)
      Amateur astronomers have certainly known about this for a while. Some have been using webcams attached to their telescopes to record images of the spots. This has come out now simply because a scientific paper has just been published about it. Unfortunately it coincides with the time when Jupiter has passed into the Sun's glare and so cannot be seen in the night sky!
  • by burris (122191) on Thursday October 12, 2006 @01:27PM (#16411581)
    Christopher Go of Cebu City Philippines discovered earlier this year that Oval BA turned red. Chris is one of the world's premier amateur planetary imagers. Check out his page dedicated to Red Jr. [].

    Even in the day of the great orbiting observatories and huge ground based intereferometers, there is still room for amateurs working with modest equipment to make discoveries.
  • REUTERS - Jupiter System - Dirty hippie environmentalists all across the globe are rallying this morning in an appeal to Primal Fuxquot Xorquon to reverse her policy on atmospheric pollutants. The office of the Primal Fuxquot declined to comment, but StripePeace spokesthings stated that, "This escalation in extreme weather phenomena is a direct result of the Xorquon Administration's invasion of Io."

    Ionese vapour, which tends to gather at LaGrange points, has been diffusing into the upper Jovian atmospher
  • The body! (Score:1, Troll)

    So that's where Hans hid Nina's body.
  • flash (Score:1, Funny)

    by rezac (733345)
    The red-eye flash on the Hubble must be burnt out.
  • Funny. The little white spot in my underwear just turned to a little red spot today.
    • Re: (Score:1, Flamebait)

      I guess you're a big girl today. Congratulations.
      • Ah, good old slashdot. A cum-and-blood disease joke warrants a funny mod, whereas you get screwed with a flamebait mod for cleverly turning it into a joke about the miracle of the flow. Probably some foul smelling geek who wishes he went outside enough to play druid wiccan, which he imagines would mean he gets laid more often, but in reality means he'd just be a different kind of smelly hippie.

        Having Metric Shitloads of excellent Karma is good, and the occasional troll can be invigorating. Do your worst, fi
    • by Khyber (864651)
      You might want to go see a doctor for that!
  • The white spot on Jupiter turned red? I can't afford another kid right now!

  • I'd suggest consulting a dermatologist.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    And man, does Uranus have spots!
  • ... and not the spot on Uranus.
  • Jupiter is done!
    Come get it while it's hot!
  • it has something to do with jupiter's aurora [] (beautiful, isn't it?)
  • Not down but up (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    To the original poster:

      We have ten planets in our solar system. Since you can't count, I'll do it for you.

    1. Mercury
    2. Venus
    3. Earth
    4. Mars
    5. Jupiter with new red spot.
    6. Saturn, where the name Saturday came from.
    7. Uranus
    8. Neptune
    9. Pluto, Dewarf PLANET.
    10. Eris, Largest Dewarf Planet.

  • ...I think this means that Jupiter is pregnant.
  • There's a little red spot on Jupiter today, It's the same old thing as yester... Wait a minute. You mean it was *white* yesterday? :) Cheers, Mark
  • by Anonymous Coward
    "Well, we might be one planet down, but our Solar System can still surprise."

    I want to shoot whoever wrote that sentence.

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