Jupiter's Chaos

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Jupiter's Chaos

Sometimes we need reminding of just how small our planet really is, and this sequence of photos taken by Hubble does the job of reminding us admirably.

You see that small red dot in the lower left of the series moving closer to Jupiter's 'Great Red Spot' which in the last frame is spat out like a loogie? That small red dot is bigger than Earth. Think about that for a moment - that insignificant spec on Jupiter's radar is bigger than our entire planet.


That's one heck of a violent storm happening down there. It's no wonder we have no chance in hell of ever sending a probe to the surface leave alone sending a manned space craft.

Can you imagine what it must be like to witness those storms from the surface?

If you want more reminding of our insignificance in the universe, I urge you to watch this short video, narrated by the late Carl Sagan.


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Marvin The Martian

Saturday 19th July 2008 | 11:17 AM

I love Carl Sagan. He has the ability to show us how thing really are. To bring science, sociology and religion into context. That video is but a short representation of his work. He just seems to 'get it' and to be able to let others 'get it' as well.

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Sunday 20th July 2008 | 04:34 AM

yes sagan is the man

does jupiter have a surface?
i thought it has a very dense core, but not solid

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Monday 21st July 2008 | 12:00 PM

...in response to this comment by Gong. Jupiter is by far the largest planet with a equatorial diameter of 142,749 km. The red spot is 40,000 km. long and 11,000 km. wide. Its area is equal to the surface area of Earth. The interior of Jupiter is made up of many gases. The core is made of iron and silicates. The inner shell is metallic, the outer shell is molecular. Above that is the atmosphere which has a depth of 1000 km. The mass of Jupiter is greater than all the planets combined and is 318 times that of the earth. Because it is made up of lighter elements its density is low.

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Wednesday 13th January 2010 | 04:18 AM

will jupiters storm ever stop?

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Wednesday 13th January 2010 | 04:21 AM

im dead

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Friday 10th September 2010 | 08:22 PM

Jupiter is the big guy on the block, its magnetic field reaches the outer orbit of Saturn.


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Henk vs Goldilocks

Friday 10th September 2010 | 09:56 PM

Pfft... get out of this 20 year old view of jupiter... Plz, what is the worth of sending a probe into jupiter when the probe may send signal for minutes or maybe hours when you can send probes to pass by, land on moons or satellite.

The Jovian system is well examined bit possibly not enough for those who desire geo channel proclamations.

The sad thing is, the real science to the Jovian system is probably undercut by the very people who say gee whiz in that very 50's way.

Yes you guys...

Jesuas fucking syphballs I am sickened by you glad wrap approach to science and technology. Everything in your life is affected by science and you bleat... gee it would be good... the density of jupiter is. that red spot is BIGGER than the earth..

lets face it. your trivialisation of everything in your lives matches your understanding.

That was about the most useless post on lime I have read and lets face it, the commentary of know nothing morons making know fuck all assertions doesnt help.

Please, become religious, we non believers wont miss you guys at all.

Where is the professor, skipper and Mary-Anne?

Those density comments... holy fucking christ!

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Homer bs Goldilocks

Friday 10th September 2010 | 10:17 PM

lets face it... if I could jalve your power bills over the next 20 years and cut your carbon emissions to 10% of present, reduce your nuclear waste to 8% of present and say...Next decade I will make sure you buy cars with 3 % CO2 % of current... and ask your region for 30 billion to replace your current rplacement cost of 60 billion...


get a close up of that red dot

what would you ask for?

The technology is moderately old, astoundingly trliable and contolled by the newest spanking human and digital systems...

Its here, it was here for 20-50 years

and you guts are transfixed by big red dots.

Apart from the fact that spectroscopy made astounding predictions about red dots before this cantankerous old bastard was born and this cranky old shit has been telling folk that they are breathing nuclear waste and watching CO2 going up the spout for the last 30 years, you guys want red dots, wooden beds and your great grand children's birth right .

The time for the television mind set is over!

Get up off your arses..stop talking about what you dont understand and burn everyone who says the word..."green". Its just another and cheaper intro than, "can I buy you a drink"

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