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Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Shrinking

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the like-my-will-to-live dept.

Space 270

cjstaples noted a CNN story proclaiming that Jupiter's signature red spot is shrinking. Over a 10 year study, the giant storm lost just over half a kilometer per day for a total loss of about 15%. Scientists know about shrinkage, right?

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meme tag stole my post (4, Funny)

tjstork (137384) | more than 5 years ago | (#27430879)

Here I was ready to make some crack about how global warming is causing jupiter's red spot to shrink and this shows that the sun is having some other effect, and there it is in the tags:

"globalwarming manbearpig globalshrinking...."

totally burst my bubble, stole my thunder... I might actually have to do some work.

Re:meme tag stole my post (0, Offtopic)

aputerguy (692233) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431261)

I think we need to call in Al Gore. Maybe one day the global warming alarmists and hoaxsters will realize that change is a *natural* thing in this universe whether caused by inanimate or animate forces. Storms come and go. Icecaps expand and shrink. Glaciers advance and recede. Species thrive and decline. Get over it. Indeed, the one difference between animate and inanimate forces is that inanimate generated change is usually random in its effect while the net effect caused by animate generated change tends to be for the overall net better effect of humanity (not every aspect is positive, not every individual benefits equally and not every day is progress but the overall level of societal wealth, comfort, and knowledge tends to move upwards over time).

Re:meme tag stole my post (4, Insightful)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431651)

You're forgetting that politicians like Al Gore have a financial interest in making you feel guilty enough to pay his company carbon credits. You know, the company he started right before he released his film. The company he used to pay himself through carbon credits when he got called out for having an enormous house.

Making people feel guilty tricks them into sacrificing things to the government such as money, rights, and common sense. With the media playing along with Al Gore and shunning any detractors, the system is able to keep the public stupid and gullible while they pay more money and give the government more power.

Re:meme tag stole my post (5, Insightful)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431653)

Maybe one day the global warming alarmists and hoaxsters will realize that change is a *natural* thing

'Natural' doesn't equate to "OK". If mean sea levels are rising, and continue to rise to the point that a significant fraction of the human population is put at risk and a significant fraction of international economy is put at risk, it's still a problem. Whether the FSM causes it or human-derived CO2 is the main driver, it's still a problem.

Your assertion that "overall level of societal wealth, comfort and knowledge tends to move upwards over time" is true, so far, for very short values of 'time'. It's good to look ahead and see if there are issues that might cause you to rethink your assumptions and subsequently your behavior. In the end, the ecosystem of Earth will deal with anything either mankind or the universe throws at it. Your progeny just might feel more generous towards us if we took a longer view of things.

QOTD: "If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error." -- John Kenneth Galbraith

Re:meme tag stole my post (5, Insightful)

Joe U (443617) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431787)

Maybe one day the global warming alarmists and hoaxsters will realize that change is a *natural* thing in this universe whether caused by inanimate or animate forces

How about this, lets all declare global warming a myth and then go and convert to clean energy anyway, because maybe, just maybe, we could stop polluting our streams, rivers and lakes.

Even if global warming is a complete and total fabrication, polluting our land and water IS NOT.

Re:meme tag stole my post (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431805)

Must you turn something going on on an entirely different planet into a political rant?

Global warming may or may not be affected by humans (I find it hard to believe that it isn't to at least some degree), but that has nothing at all to do with this story.

Personally, I think the Red Spot is shrinking because illegal immigrants are taking jobs from the Americans that would normally be maintaining it.

Re:meme tag stole my post (4, Funny)

DikSeaCup (767041) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431877)

No, the Red Spot shrinking is a sign that communism is failing.

Re:meme tag stole my post (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27432233)

Apparently you haven't been paying attention to current events in the US. Communism is just kinder and gentler.

Re:meme tag stole my post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431889)

Must you turn something going on on an entirely different planet into a political rant?

Global warming may or may not be affected by humans (I find it hard to believe that it isn't to at least some degree), but that has nothing at all to do with this story.

Personally, I think the Red Spot is shrinking because illegal immigrants are taking jobs from the Americans that would normally be maintaining it.

Are you kidding? Everyone knows it's Bush's fault!

Moderators smoking the cheap crack again (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431891)

Another fucktard trying to hijack a thread with an anti or pro global warming rant. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SHRINKAGE OF JUPITER'S GRS! Mods: this is flamebait and offtopic.

And it doesn't even make any sense.

Re:meme tag stole my post (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431927)

Maybe one day the global warming alarmists and hoaxsters will realize that change is a *natural* thing in this universe whether caused by inanimate or animate forces.

Disease is natural.
Starvation is natural.
Death is natural.
Nature sucks.

We've got the big brains, so we can make it suck less.

Re:meme tag stole my post (1, Insightful)

windsleeper (1158491) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431973)

I think we need to call in Al Gore. Maybe one day the global warming alarmists and hoaxsters will realize that change is a *natural* thing in this universe whether caused by inanimate or animate forces. Storms come and go. Icecaps expand and shrink. Glaciers advance and recede. Species thrive and decline. Get over it. Indeed, the one difference between animate and inanimate forces is that inanimate generated change is usually random in its effect while the net effect caused by animate generated change tends to be for the overall net better effect of humanity (not every aspect is positive, not every individual benefits equally and not every day is progress but the overall level of societal wealth, comfort, and knowledge tends to move upwards over time).

Maybe global warming deniers should get over it. Sometimes species have a huge impact on the environment. And sometimes that impact isn't very good for the species that makes the impact. One simple example: cyanobacteria. Way back before Earth had much free oxygen in the atmosphere, the anaerobes thrived. They thrived so well that they filled the atmosphere with tons of oxygen (their waste product). Which allowed aerobic bacteria to thrive and outcompete the cyanobacteria.

Humans are doing a great job of altering the environment. Those alterations will likely be beneficial to some species, but there is no gurantee that humans will be one of the species benefiting from the alterations.

There's apologists... and then there's you.... (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431989)

There's "apologists", sure, but then on the extreme other end of that spectrum... there's you.

You'd have us believe that all change is good, and all (specific) change is unavoidable? That's bullshit, spoken by someone who's too cowardly to take responsibility for stupid choices that cause BAD changes to occur.

While apologists may be too quick to adopt responsibility for things and flagellate themselves and their kin, you're too quick to distance yourself and your kin from any responsibility. Nice "fair and balanced" ya got goin' there.

Re:meme tag stole my post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27432331)

Maybe one day the global warming alarmists and hoaxsters will realize that change is a *natural* thing in this universe whether caused by inanimate or animate forces.

I don't really care if it's normal or natural, or if it's warming up or cooling down.

The fact of the matter is that our climate changes. This is not a good thing for us, as we live in a very narrow temperature range.

The important thing is to get over pointing fingers, and figure out how we CAN affect the environment instead of arguing about if we HAVE or not.
We need to be able to adjust the thermostat of the planet up or down to suit our needs instead of just hoping that 'mother nature' is looking out for us.

Most of the people who refuse to admit to "global warming" or whatever you want to call it, are doing so because they have this irrational belief that there is nothing that humans can do which will have a large scale or lasting impact on the planet. This is simply foolish.

Re:meme tag stole my post (5, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431283)

Here I was ready to make some crack

I knew it!

Even drug dealers read Slashdot!

In Jupiter's Defense (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#27430881)

Scientists know about shrinkage, right?

Let me just point out that it's very cold in space. Even with the sun nearby, I think we'd all experience at least a little bit of shrinkage if we were in Jupiter's position and it's not fair for the other planets to laugh at him.

Re:In Jupiter's Defense (2, Funny)

fracai (796392) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431395)

... it's not fair for the other planets to laugh at him.

I don't think the other planets are listening to you as I'm pretty sure I can hear Pluto laughing from here; something about "serves you right!".

Re:In Jupiter's Defense (5, Funny)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431567)

Let me just point out that it's very cold in space. Even with the sun nearby, I think we'd all experience at least a little bit of shrinkage if we were in Jupiter's position and it's not fair for the other planets to laugh at him.

Venus: That's what every man says. The truth is, you're just upset that Saturn has over 200 satellites to your... uhh... 63. Plus, you've completely lost control of your weight these past few millenia and have horrible acne. Seriously, clean up your atmosphere and do something about those red splotches and maybe you'll have a chance with some of the inner planets.

Re:In Jupiter's Defense (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431767)

Man, I still recall when I was a kid and Jupiter and Saturn only had about 10 moons each. Also, Pluto was a planet. And the only pictures of Uranus and Neptune were blurry blobs with more lens flare than detail and Pluto was just a little dot.

And despite all that I was _still_ obsessed with astronomy! :-)

Re:In Jupiter's Defense (1)

Barumpus (145412) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431703)

In space, no one can see you shrink.

Re:In Jupiter's Defense (2, Insightful)

skinlayers (621258) | more than 5 years ago | (#27432109)

Factual C It is not "very cold in space". In fact, depending on your point of view, the radiation can make it quite 'hot'. Temperature is the kinetic vibration of matter. Its just there's not a lot of matter to vibrate in the void. What we often perceive as the effects of the tempurature of space, is actually the near vacuum.

Re:In Jupiter's Defense (1)

skinlayers (621258) | more than 5 years ago | (#27432131)

That "Factual C" should be "Factual Correction" *facepalm*

That's strange. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27430893)

Could this be related to the expanding of Uranus?

Re:That's strange. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431587)

If only the population of red skins could start to shrink now.

Re:That's strange. (0, Redundant)

mkiwi (585287) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431731)

No, I think it's related to global warming! :-)

+1 informative (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27430917)

Inversely proportional to Goatse stretch rate.

Global warming at fault?! (1)

GottMitUns (1012191) | more than 5 years ago | (#27430921)

For a moment I thought this was related to global warming theory. Any explanation WHY the heck it's shrinking with no human activity on Jupiter? Or is there?

Re:Global warming at fault?! (2, Interesting)

notarockstar1979 (1521239) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431047)

Because, believe it or not, things do happen naturally without human intervention sometimes. There could be a lot of things causing it, but it's probably the same things that cause storms here on earth (no, not giant weather making machines). The fact that it's large and red doesn't change how storms are created. It's actually pretty amazing that it's been tracked since the 1870s and is still happening, but that shouldn't affect how it was created in the first place.

Re:Global warming at fault?! (5, Interesting)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431451)

Storms are created by temperatures differences, which are in turn created by sunlight warming different areas at different rates. So yes, the same kinds of things will happen on Jupiter, if nothing else based on the temperature difference from the day to the night side. The real question is, why has the Red Spot been so stable for so long?

Think about it; surface features shouldn't effect warming rates since all solar radiation is absorbed long before it gets to the surface. Pockets of atmosphere will absorb heat at different rates, but those pockets aren't stationary. That leaves complex, self-correcting fluid dynamics or massive surface features that significantly change the wind patterns hundreds or thousands of miles up or something we just don't understand yet. All of which are pretty interesting.

Re:Global warming at fault?! (5, Interesting)

Bemopolis (698691) | more than 5 years ago | (#27432329)

Storms are created by temperatures differences, which are in turn created by sunlight warming different areas at different rates. So yes, the same kinds of things will happen on Jupiter, if nothing else based on the temperature difference from the day to the night side. The real question is, why has the Red Spot been so stable for so long?

You are overlooking one important energy source: Jupiter itself. Because of ongoing differentiation, Jupiter produces about twice as much energy as it receives from the Sun. Given this and the fact that this source is coming from below rather than above, it is likely the more important contribution to the dynamics of the atmosphere.

Re:Global warming at fault?! (1)

ChrisBader (1232968) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431485)

and right now I'm fairly confident to put up a small wager stating that NASA is already planning a mission to see what caused this and see what has been hiding underneath that storm for all these years.

Re:Global warming at fault?! (4, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431057)

It's a fricking storm. It's subject to entropy like everything else. Eventually, it will go away.

It's the scale that's messing with your head. That storm is about the same diameter as the entire Earth. It only seems permanent because it's so big that change happens slowly.

Re:Global warming at fault?! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431935)

Still worshiping in the cult of entropy are you? The universe is NOT entropic, never has been, never will be, stop listening to British Imperial "Scientists"

Re:Global warming at fault?! (1)

f1vlad (1253784) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431061)

Unlikely there is any terrestrial activity on Jupiter.

Re:Global warming at fault?! (3, Insightful)

rotide (1015173) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431123)

Was going to make a post like this myself.

I think it's fair to point out to everyone that even on an untouched planet, major changes can happen. It's the nature of planets.

I'm not saying humans aren't causing changes on earth, because, well, they ARE. But this just goes to show that even if we don't do anything to influence change, it still happens.

Change isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just something that happens. Sometimes it happens and it's bad for our type of life and that sucks.

Every now and again, I get this feeling that the masses don't understand that planets evolve, even on their own. If humans never came to be, the earth would still be changing on it's own.

Re:Global warming at fault?! (5, Insightful)

mea37 (1201159) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431219)

Yes. And, so?

If humans are accelerating the change in equilibrium conditions on Earth, that is against our own interests, as we are adapted to current conditions. We should, in that case, be interested in how to stop doing that.

On the other hand, if the equilibrum conditions on Earth are changing naturally, then allowing that to happen unchecked is against our interests, as we are adapted to current conditions. We should, in that case, be interested in how to slow those naturally-occuring changes.

Re:Global warming at fault?! (1)

pitchpipe (708843) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431353)

Every now and again, I get this feeling that the masses don't understand that planets evolve, even on their own.

You mean like storms and stuff??? WOW! Like, I totally didn't know that!

Re:Global warming at fault?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431963)

Why so sad? There is love for you too.

Re:Global warming at fault?! (1)

poena.dare (306891) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431921)

Every now and again, I get this feeling that the masses don't understand that planets evolve

Once again, we see how the liberal agenda is spreading like cancer in this country. Biology wasn't enough for you so now you go after planetary science. I supposed the next thing you will start spouting is how Jupiter is descended from monkeys. You could not be more wrong, sir or madam!

The tru7h is that Jupiter was intelligently designed by associates of Slartibartfast. Unfortunately, the shrinkage of the red spot indicates Jupiter's warranty is about to expire. I strongly encourage relocation if you happen to live in the neighborhood.

Yes they do know about shrinkage (1)

Big Hairy Ian (1155547) | more than 5 years ago | (#27430969)

Given the area of Jupiter's red spot (Which is humongous) I'm surprised it's shrunk as much as 15% but the Pi was never my strong point :)

It may start to grow again or it my shrink even further all we really know is one day it will probably disappear only to be replaced by another

Re:Yes they do know about shrinkage (1)

blackholepcs (773728) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431875)

I'm surprised it's shrunk as much as 15% but the Hair Pie was never my strong point :)

There. Fixed that for ya!

Red spot shrinking? (5, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 5 years ago | (#27430971)

Perfect time to send some spam to Jupiter.

Re:Red spot shrinking? (0, Redundant)

pitchpipe (708843) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431473)

Perfect time to send some spam to Jupiter.

You're one sick Mo'Fo' if spam helps you grow.

Weather's clearing up (4, Insightful)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 5 years ago | (#27430979)

Somewhere on Jupiter...

"Welp, reckon that storm front's finally breakin' up, Edgar."
"Ayup. Haven't seen a storm like that since the hundred-fifty-year* one back up near the poles."
"Yup, yup, that one had the cattle all rustled up somethin' fierce."
"Reckon y'don't see storms like that any more."

For some reason, this entire story strikes me as just realizing that Jupiter has weather systems. They just might be longer than Earth ones.

*: Jupiter years.

Re:Weather's clearing up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431571)

The native lifeforms measure time spans in Drahn, not years.

It's important to keep that in mind when programming your 2418-B: Remote Self-Replicating Robot Explorer Probe, in order to avoid the D200K timing bug. There's no telling what those thing's will do if you don't program the script settings correctly.

The birth of europa? (3, Funny)

new_breed (569862) | more than 5 years ago | (#27430991)

Please tell me there will be a 2010 joke in here somewhere...don't dissapoint me moviegeeks!

Re:The birth of europa? (2, Funny)

mmkkbb (816035) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431133)

You could have just, I dunno, made one.

**spoiler!!!**

I wonder if Clarke chose that year because a craft leaving Earth in 2010 would arrive at Jupiter in 2012 and thus the Leonov would witness the birth of a new sun just as the world is ending!

Re:The birth of europa? (2, Funny)

click2005 (921437) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431173)

2010: The Space Oxy??

Re:The birth of europa? (1)

Whammy666 (589169) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431333)

I was wondering if anyone was going to connect this to 2010. Maybe Jupiter has finally passed puberty.

Re:The birth of europa? (1)

noundi (1044080) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431579)

Maybe Jupiter has finally passed puberty.

It shrunk 15% in 10 years. More like Jupiter finally retired.

Re:The birth of europa? (1)

breadlord (827860) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431679)

IT'S SHRINKING! IT'S SHRINKING! That IS the quote you're looking for, ya?

Re:The birth of europa? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431743)

This one only makes sense if you read the book: Looks like it won't be the Chinese who trick everybody with a "space station" - the Germans are gearing up for a supposed "Mars" mission on the ground. http://www.newsy.com/videos/russia_s_mission_to_mars/

Re:The birth of europa? (1)

HeliosTrick (825325) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431965)

I was just going to make a post about this. I think we're safe as long as we don't notice a little black spot growing...

Re:The birth of europa? (1)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 5 years ago | (#27432111)

All of these worlds are yours, except Europa. attempt no landings there. Use them together. Use them in peace.

Re:The birth of europa? (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 5 years ago | (#27432125)

All these worlds are yours,
EXCEPT EUROPA.
Attempt no landings there.
Use them together.
Use them in peace.

There, fixed it for ya!

It's just shy (2, Interesting)

thered2001 (1257950) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431009)

With all the photos we've been taking of it over the past 30 or so years, it's just being coy.

*wink* (1)

T Murphy (1054674) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431013)

Jupiter is just winking at us.

How about color? (4, Funny)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431031)

It's not getting blacker by chance is it?

Re:How about color? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431069)

OMG its full of ponies!

Re:How about color? (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431433)

Ok, fuck anyone who disagrees, that was funny...

Let's celebrate! (-1, Flamebait)

saforrest (184929) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431077)

Hey everyone! Because some other random thing is happening on a human time scale in another planet, therefore our pumping of millions of kilograms of carbon into the atmosphere, formerly sequestered underground for hundreds of millions of years, must therefore be having no effect at all on our climate! Yay!

Jeez. I realize that we get a lot of overheated (excuse the pun) rhetoric from proponents of AGW, but do you skeptics really have to take your rhetorical bandwagon so far in the opposite direction? Isn't it enough just not to believe?

Unless someone shows me otherwise, alterations in Jupiter's spot say exactly nothing about terrestrial global warming.

Re:Let's celebrate! (3, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431183)

Well, it is reasonable to look to other planets for comparison when events happen on a planetary scale.

However, looking at a gas giant is a bit of a stretch. There are basically no points of congruence between a supermassive ball of gaseous, liquid, and metallic hydrogen, and a tiny ball of rock with a thin scrim of water on the top.

Re:Let's celebrate! (2, Informative)

Mr. Firewall (578517) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431225)

eez. I realize that we get a lot of overheated (excuse the pun) rhetoric from proponents of AGW, but do you skeptics really have to take your rhetorical bandwagon so far in the opposite direction?

Calm down. It's a joke.

Re:Let's celebrate! (2, Funny)

timkar (964479) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431481)

Isn't it enough just not to believe?

No, we must also mock. Mock heartily. That's what we do in this country.

Re:Let's celebrate! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431561)

... Isn't it enough just not to believe?

...

In a word, NO.

Because as you just implicitly admitted, it's BELIEF that's at the foundation of all the overblown CRAP we've been subjected to.

BELIEF.

In other words, attacking global warming doubters logically has the same basis as Saudi Arabia executing homosexuals for religious reasons.

For just one example, the computer models all the global warming hysteria is based on could not have included all the deep ocean currents discovered in just the past couple of years. Yet they're accurate enough to predict global temperatures to within a degree over CENTURIES?

Sorry, I call BULLSHIT.

Re:Let's celebrate! (1)

notarockstar1979 (1521239) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431751)

Isn't it enough just not to believe?

No, it isn't. Not ever, and not in either direction (for or against Big Al in this particular case). This is why we have science, which is there to PROVE whether or not a thing is true. Belief is a great starting point, but it will never be enough in and of itself.

A Special Message From Al Gore (-1, Flamebait)

BRock97 (17460) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431097)

Climate change here on Earth is so bad, we are affecting the climate on other planets. That and ManBearPig is involved somehow. Thank you.

Global climate change!!! (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431135)

Quick!

Blame SUVs!

Impose "carbon caps" and expensive "cap and trade" plans that kill industrial growth and limit the ability of poorer countries to improve their standard of living! Who CARES if they're starving to death, this is the PLANET we're talking about SAVING from HUMANS!

Denigrate and attack any doubters! This is FAITH we're talking about, doubt and dissent CAN NOT BE ALLOWED!!!!

Re:Global climate change!!! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431367)

You're a douchebag. Just wanted to let you know.

Re:Global climate change!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431759)

...

Denigrate and attack any doubters! This is FAITH we're talking about, doubt and dissent CAN NOT BE ALLOWED!!!!

You're a douchebag. Just wanted to let you know.

Q.E.D.

When it's done.. (3, Funny)

spurious cowherd (104353) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431211)

..we need to make sure we stay away from Europa

Re:When it's done.. (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431569)

Wait, are you saying that I should attempt no landing there?

-Peter

Re:When it's done.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431681)

We'll just nuke it from orbit then.

Time for a bailout (5, Funny)

Lord Byron II (671689) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431229)

Let me be the first to say that the Great Red Spot is too big to fail!

Re:Time for a bailout (1)

Zordak (123132) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431923)

This is the only truly funny thing I've read on Slashdot in 48 hours (and yes, I'm including Squeez Bacon---that was just disturbing).

I swear (1)

Phizzle (1109923) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431233)

I didn't do it!

Bailout money? (1)

quangdog (1002624) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431273)

I hear Jupiter has approached Obama's administration to request some bailout cash - It's not the planet's fault the spot is shrinking, after all.

2010 (3, Funny)

HunterZ (20035) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431281)

We should see if we can get the Russians to take US scientists along on a ship next year to investigate.

Aw, Jupiter is finally out of puberty! (2, Funny)

cwiegmann24 (1476667) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431285)

Jupiter's acne is finally clearing up! Should really do something about all those brown and white rings though... I mean, take a shower once in a while

Bob? (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431309)

Where is Smiling Bob when you need him?

Monolith (2, Funny)

koterica (981373) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431317)

In a related story, NASA has announced the first manned mission to Jupiter, the purpose of which is to examine a large rectangular black object sitting in synchronous orbit above the storm.

Not to be a troll, but... (1)

Tarlus (1000874) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431329)

I remember hearing this when I was in grade school. Hasn't this been supposedly been going on throughout the latter part of the last century?

Re:Not to be a troll, but... (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431365)

Yeah, I remember the same thing from gradeschool... Over 20 years ago.

This just happens to coincide... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431375)

...with the release of Proactive for Gas Giants.

Don't worry (2, Funny)

rockbottoms (1393173) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431563)

The Great Red Spot will start to grow again next month

Damn Global Warming (1)

rshol (746340) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431583)

NT

The Solar System's Timer (1)

Gallenod (84385) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431619)

Maybe the Red Spot is a timer, and when it finally disappears something really interesting will happen, like:

- God (in his Flying Spaghetti Monster incarnation) will appear and prove Its existence once and for all
- Jupiter will emit a cosmic alarm announcing that our solar system is finally finished
- Jupiter will ignite and become a small star
- Mankind will achieve true enlightenment (as every nuclear weapon on the planet goes off simiultaneously)

Any other ideas?

Re:The Solar System's Timer (1)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431763)

Maybe the Red Spot is a timer, and when it finally disappears something really interesting will happen, like:

It will go "BING!" and we'll know it's ready to be eaten.

And it will taste like chicken.

Re:The Solar System's Timer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431841)

and when it finally disappears something really interesting will happen

Do not you mean something wonderful will happen?

Something is going to happen (1)

Carson Napier (1045596) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431637)

...something wonderful!

Great red spot? (1)

TheBolten (1067344) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431707)

Personally I've always thought it was a rather lousy red spot.

Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431725)

That means the Clearasil is working!

Re:Good (1)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431905)

Or that the Rogaine is failing.

This brings an interesting, off-topic thought... (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#27431839)

Someone commented on global warming and other things and I wonder about that. Some say global warming is caused by man and his emissions. Other say it's due to natural causes and likely has a lot to do with changes in solar activity.

This is a potentially testable argument. We have, after all, various probes in the solar system and at least two roaming around on a neighbor planet. Can't we make some determinations based on data outside of our atmosphere how changes in the sun's state affects other bodies in the solar system? Could the changes in Jupiter's storm be related to changes in the sun? And if that were the case, it would seem to lend credence to one side of the global warming argument.

That would be a great idea, if... (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 5 years ago | (#27432043)

...you had a couple thousand years to gather data. One of the biggest issues is that we're trying to extrapolate a very high order polynomial with poorly defined points which are close together.
And we're trying to do it with many factors contributing. The problem is that everyone wants the answer now, or at the latest in time for Fall sweeps. You just don't get that kind of historic data in such a short period.

Re:That would be a great idea, if... (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#27432365)

I wouldn't be so quick to say that. After all, we can detect all sorts of things such as the presence of water on distant planets and such. I am sure that various observations related to various changes and observations might be used to form some theories.

While it is undoubtedly true that if we had absolutely perfect direct data we could form a more precise determination, but noting other evidence could certainly assist in pointing the way.

Climate Change! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27431853)

We must stop it! D:

The martians aren't taking care of the planet (1)

shellster_dude (1261444) | more than 5 years ago | (#27432007)

It's global warming, man.

Sure but what about the last 35 minutes? (1)

BigAssRat (724675) | more than 5 years ago | (#27432283)

Sure, but what about the last 35 minutes? The trend could have reversed by now and we wouldn't know it yet.

Seee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27432299)

See, Global warming is real!

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