The calm in the middle of Jupiter's Great Red Spot:

The calm in the middle of Jupiter's Great Red Spot:

Jupiter's great red spot has long fascinated astronomers with its huge hurricanes and hurricanes.

Now researchers have figured out what's really going on inside the storm – and the center is strangely quiet.

While the winds reach 450 km / h at their edge, they are only 25 km / h in the middle, researchers say.

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Spanish researchers have revealed what is really happening inside the storm - and the center is strangely calm

Spanish researchers have revealed what is really happening inside the storm – and the center is strangely calm

The huge oval whirlwind of 20,000 km is perhaps one of the most popular atmospheric phenomena in the solar system.

But so far, astronomers have not understood what's really going on inside them.

The study, conducted by an international research team led by Agustín Sánchez-Lavega, a professor of physics at the University of the Basque Country, led to a "rich variety" of clouds in the Great Red Spot.

According to the new study published in the Astronomical Journal, it contains cumulus clouds of bundled storms created by the condensation of ammonia vapor. Narrow gravitational waves similar to those on Earth when the wind blows on mountain tops.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a huge oval of purple clouds in the southern hemisphere of Jupiter, racing counterclockwise around the circumference of the oval

Jupiter's large red spot is a huge oval of purple clouds in the southern hemisphere of Jupiter, racing counterclockwise around the circumference of the oval

Nevertheless, there is calm in the middle, in which the clouds move, turning in the opposite direction with a maximum of 25 km / h.

"These phenomena are limited to a thin layer only 50 km thick, which is the roof of the clouds of the spot, while the spot inside is probably several hundred kilometers deep," say the researchers.

They used the images that the JunoCam had taken during their flyby on the Great Red Spot.

These and other aspects of this phenomenon are at the heart of the research that the Juno mission will carry out over the next few years.

The Great Red Spot, which was first observed with certainty 150 years ago, appears through the telescope because of its reddish color against the white, yellowish, ocher-colored clouds that stand out from the rest of the planet.

Despite the numerous studies conducted with the storm, its nature presents a major challenge to planetary meteorologists.

WHAT IS THE GREAT RED SPOT OF JUPITER?

Jupiter's large red spot is a huge oval of purple clouds in the southern hemisphere of Jupiter, racing counterclockwise around the circumference of the oval.

The biggest storm in the solar system appears as a deep red sphere surrounded by bright yellow, orange and white layers.

The Great Red Spot is an anticyclone trapped between two jet streams, spinning around a high-atmospheric center and turning it in the opposite direction to hurricanes on Earth.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a huge oval of purple clouds in the southern hemisphere of Jupiter, racing counterclockwise around the circumference of the oval

Jupiter's large red spot is a huge oval of purple clouds in the southern hemisphere of Jupiter, racing counterclockwise around the circumference of the oval

The winds within the storm were measured at several hundred kilometers per hour. Windstorms are bigger than any storm on Earth, astronomers at NASA said.

In the late 1800s, a diameter of about 35,000 miles (about 56,000 km) was estimated – so large that four earth could fit next to each other.

The Big Red Spot measures 10,000 miles (3,000 miles) on April 3, 2017, and is 1.3 times the width of the earth, becoming smaller and smaller over time.

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