Although Jupiter is known for its Great Red Spot, the Hubble Space Telescope has witnessed another planetary anomaly in the depths of space – the birth of one of Neptune's "Great Dark Spot" storms.
Astronomers began investigating a storm on the eighth planet from the Sun in 2015 when they saw white cloud formation. Three years later, a dark storm was discovered where the white clouds had formed.
"We were so busy following this smaller storm from 2015 that we did not necessarily expect to see another big one so soon," said Amy Simon, a planetary scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, in a statement.
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a surprise, "added Simon." We were used to the Great Red Spot of Jupiter
The results were published in the journal "Geophysical Research Letters" .
Researchers have observed six, according to the study "Great Dark Spots" on Neptune It is possible that each storm will last for up to six years, but the study suggests that the lifetime of two years is "more likely."
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Continuing studies of these storms give researchers new insights into the planet's atmosphere, how storms form and where they arise.
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The images shot by Hubble Neptune from 2015 to 2017 show that smaller clouds are present in places consistent with this storm. This means that the emergence can take many years. If so, it could come from much deeper atmospheres than previously thought, "the researchers wrote in a clear text summary of the study.