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Huge Storms Converge on Jupiter

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the things-that-go-bump-in-the-night dept.

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tpoker writes to tell us NASA is reporting that the two biggest storms in the solar system are about to collide on Jupiter. From the article: "Storm #1 is the Great Red Spot, twice as wide as Earth itself, with winds blowing 350 mph. The behemoth has been spinning around Jupiter for hundreds of years. Storm #2 is Oval BA, also known as 'Red Jr.,' a youngster of a storm only six years old. Compared to the Great Red Spot, Red Jr. is half-sized, able to swallow Earth merely once, but it blows just as hard as its older cousin."

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205 comments

In Soviet Jupiter... (-1, Offtopic)

rock217 (802738) | more than 8 years ago | (#15484943)

eh who cares...

Re:In Soviet Jupiter... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485167)

A Jupiter native who has to commute between "Big Joe" and "Little Joe" to get to work everyday. Now that sucks...

Re:In Soviet Jupiter... (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485373)

A Jupiter native who has to commute between "Big Joe" and "Little Joe" to get to work everyday. Now that sucks...

I know how you feel. From space, LA traffic makes a "Great Brown Spot".
           

Nice job, editors! (5, Funny)

grogdamighty (884570) | more than 8 years ago | (#15484945)

The summary is spot on! (Ba-dum, chink!)

But seriously, did anyone else think that Hollywood is going to use this as the background for The Perfect Storm II?

Re:Nice job, editors! (2, Informative)

raehl (609729) | more than 8 years ago | (#15484955)

The summary is spot on! (Ba-dum, chink!)

Except for the whole basic math thing.

If one object is two earths wide, and another object is one earth wide, the 2nd object is one FOURTH the size of the first, not one half.*

* Assumes objects are of the same shape and the shape is uniform in one dimension. Which should be pretty good assumptions in this case.

Re:Nice job, editors! (1)

rock217 (802738) | more than 8 years ago | (#15484971)

(Ba-dum, chink!)

Re:Nice job, editors! (5, Funny)

Kagura (843695) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485262)

... able to swallow Earth merely once, but it blows just as hard as its older cousin."

Mmm... incestulicious!

Re:Nice job, editors! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485532)

<Insert global warming quote here>

Re:Nice job, editors! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485064)

Dr. Tony Phillips is intelligent, but not experienced. His pattern indicates one dimensional thinking.

"Wrath of Kahn" quotes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485157)

On a Tuesday?

For shame!

Re:Nice job, editors! (1)

afaik_ianal (918433) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485201)

* Assumes objects are of the same shape and the shape is uniform in one dimension. Which should be pretty good assumptions in this case.

No, sorry. The cross section of Earth is very nearly circular. The Great Red Spot is very eliptical, being only about half as high as it is wide. In this case, something that is approximately twice as wide as Earth, also has approximately twice the area.

Re:Nice job, editors! (1)

strider44 (650833) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485234)

I thought the one about how the cyclones aren't going to collide just having a near miss, even though they should be close enough to affect eachother, was more obvious.

jupiterse.cx (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15484946)

Just pretend I linked to a picture of goatse guy's hands stretching open the great red spot on Jupiter. I didn't feel like signing up for a free filedump account.

Collide? (5, Informative)

thePig (964303) | more than 8 years ago | (#15484982)

From the article "There won't be a head-on collision. and the storms' outer bands will pass quite close to one another.
I guess the summary was a little bit of a hyperbole. Esp. for an event that happens every two years.

Re:Collide? (3, Informative)

jbrader (697703) | more than 8 years ago | (#15484998)

You're right, but they're expected to come closer this time then they have in the past.

Re:Collide? (1)

DavidHOzAu (925585) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485030)

they're expected to come closer this time then they have in the past.
Which means that we'll get something like this [wikipedia.org] :

A shear line is an area in a low pressure trough, usually in the tropics, within which wind direction changes significantly over a relatively short distance. The area is marked by an increase in cumuluform clouds, often including towering cumulus, and rainshowers. It may become more active with thunderstorms, and the turbulence and circular motion of winds may assist in the formation of a tropical storm. A shear line is depicted as a line of red dots and dashes.

Re:Collide? (5, Informative)

helioquake (841463) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485042)

No, they aren't closer. It's the same as the last two encounter.

What signifies about this particular encounter is that the small oval is thought to be intensified its strength recently (when its color changed from grey to red) and that just *might* cause a bit more interesting interaction between these two storms (when they pass by closely). It's a pure speculation based none other than intuition of scientists. Not based on a hydrodynamic simulation; just a wild ass guess on their part.

Of course, they wouldn't say that. That'd make this whole thing, well, boring.

Re:Collide? (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485322)

What signifies about this particular encounter is that the small oval is thought to be intensified its strength recently (when its color changed from grey to red)...

Biggest damned mood ring I've ever seen.
   

Blows as hard as the older cousin... (5, Funny)

eric_ste (446052) | more than 8 years ago | (#15484985)

And she could swallow earth.

At 350Mph, that's what I call a massive blow job...

Re:Blows as hard as the older cousin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485029)

say hi to john for me.

Re:Blows as hard as the older cousin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485119)

Blows as hard as the older cousin...

hmmm...must be in the southern hemisphere.

Re:Blows as hard as the older cousin... (1)

Major Mayhem (975621) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485510)

I wonder how Earth feels about that.

Re:Blows as hard as the older cousin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485607)

MOTHER Earth feels you should focus on your homework instead of reading suggestive comments on /.

Typo (-1, Offtopic)

slashflood (697891) | more than 8 years ago | (#15484986)

Red Jr. is half-sized, able to swallow merely once, but it blows just as hard as its older cousin.

she and her

Mod me offtopic, I deserve it.

Re:Typo (0, Offtopic)

ShaneThePain (929627) | more than 8 years ago | (#15484990)

Sexist!

Re:Typo (1, Troll)

slashflood (697891) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485009)

Fascist [slashdot.org] !

Re:Typo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485153)

Bravo, and well played. :)

Re:Typo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485454)

From the journal entry of ShaneThePain:
Once you open your mind to new ideas and possibilities, you will be a much happier person. Discovering fascism was the greatest thing that ever happened to me, I have never been more content with who I am.

Talk about your cult mentality! Tom Cruise just called. He wants his inflated sense of selfworth back.

Re:Typo (0, Troll)

edgr (781723) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485548)

pwned

The Environmentalists Are Right. (5, Funny)

bombadier_beetle (871107) | more than 8 years ago | (#15484988)

Clearly, this is evidence of Jovial warming.

Re:The Environmentalists Are Right. (4, Funny)

Bob Cat - NYMPHS (313647) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485092)

Jovial warming

What, is that supposed to fill us with conviviality and good cheer? ;)

Re:The Environmentalists Are Right. (2, Funny)

aonifer (64619) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485546)

Jovial warming + Big Red Spot = Santa Claus!

YO - THESE STORMS CAN BLOW ME (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485008)

SRLSY

WHUT WHUT

Oh, great. (5, Funny)

HisMother (413313) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485020)

the two biggest storms in the solar system are about to collide on Jupiter.

Crap. There go my weekend plans.

Re:Oh, great. (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485313)

Crap. There go my weekend plans.

And I thought I was a sucker for buying Florida swamp land.
     

Re:Oh, great. (1)

JeremyALogan (622913) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485664)

Well, you're going to miss one jovial party.

(insert rim-shot here)

looting martians (5, Funny)

legomad (596194) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485028)

Martian looters will be shot on sight.

Discrimination, I tell you (4, Funny)

patio11 (857072) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485257)

Why does Slashdot always accuse Martians of looting but when Earthlings do it its merely "copyright infringement"? Discrimination, that's why. Why the prejudice against the Martians? If you prick them, do they not ooze?

In a related story... (0)

jlowery (47102) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485032)

Astronomers are keeping a vigil on the Great Pee Stain, which they expect will soon merge with the Giant Skid Mark hovering over Uranus any day now.

ahh (5, Funny)

ezwip (974076) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485034)

Red Jr. is half-sized, able to swallow Earth merely once, but it blows just as hard as its older cousin. Ahh yes, I dated them in highschool.

Re:ahh (1, Funny)

cpsc2005 (629087) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485271)

Ahh yes, I dated them in highschool.

Ahh, so you admit to being a pedophile (Red Spot Jr., 6 years) and a fetishist (Red Spot, >300 years.)

Re:ahh (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485675)


Ahh, so you admit to being a pedophile (Red Spot Jr., 6 years)


I like the way your mind works.

I would love to see it happen (5, Insightful)

w33t (978574) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485037)

I LOVE astronomy. I think it is simply the most profound thing that we have been able to take the eye and stretch it to points beyond imagination. To look out into the cosmos is so humbling and awe-inspiring. Truly if one science has shown us simple magnificent beauty it is astronomy.

Now having said that I will say that only one thing makes astronomy better - seeing these object in motion! Galaxies and nebula seem so unreal in hubble's photos - it's hard to fully comprehend what exactly they are - what they are really like. But when you view those precious few object we have been able to capture in motion, to me it is exquisite! Somehow, to me, it makes them that much more real, more tangible. And that is truly the dream of the soul - to somehow touch, taste, smell that which is so beautiful :)

I hope these astronomers string together this phenomenal convergence into a movie!

Jupiter's storms in motion [spaceflightnow.com]
Solar flares [nasa.gov]

Do you have any other cool astronomical movie links?
--
Music should be free [w33t.com]

Re:I would love to see it happen (1)

snottgoblin (957976) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485208)

"And that is truly the dream of the soul - to somehow touch, taste, smell that which is so beautiful :)"

You do know there are depraved geeks around here dont ya?!

Re:I would love to see it happen (1)

w33t (978574) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485261)

Boy do I!
--
Music should be free [w33t.com]

Re:I would love to see it happen (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485306)

I LOVE astronomy. I think it is simply the most profound thing that we have been able to take the eye and stretch it to points beyond imagination...

If I was a god I think I would want to piss you off for being too poetic. I would have both spots rotate behind Jupiter as usual, and then *nothing* come about the other side when they should rotate back into view. Zilch spots and zilch hints about where they went. It would be so much fun to F with people's brains. I wouldn't physically hurt my subjects, just puzzle the sh*t out of them for the shear fun hell of it. (I suppose the real gods knew this and that is why I am just a mortal. Curses, foiled again.)

-T-

Re:I would love to see it happen (1)

w33t (978574) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485353)

Your ideas intrigue me, and I would like to subscribe to your cult's newsletter.
--
Music should be free [w33t.com]

Re:I would love to see it happen (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485362)

I have to wait until they write scriptures about me :-P

Re:I would love to see it happen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485308)

Those links are great, thanks for sharing them!

What I want to know... (4, Funny)

wtansill (576643) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485048)

is what FEMA intends to do about this?

Re:What I want to know... (1)

legomad (596194) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485065)

Nothing.

Re:What I want to know... (1)

wik (10258) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485093)

Reddie, you've done a heck of a job.

Re:What I want to know... (1)

clem.dickey (102292) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485113)

what FEMA intends to do about this?

I hope FEMA re-hires Michael "Heck of a job Brownie" Brown to head up the onsite command center.

Re:What I want to know... (2, Funny)

Fex303 (557896) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485223)

What I want to know is what FEMA intends to do about this?
Nothing for the next couple of years. Once they collide, everyone will insist that no-one could have predicted it.

I'm sure there's a joke about horse shows here somewhere, too...

Re:What I want to know... (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485287)

Same thing they did during Katrina: Have long dinners and play guitar. Jupiter and Nero, how Roman.
     

Re:What I want to know... (1)

Skidge (316075) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485341)

is what FEMA intends to do about this?

Not a whole heck of a lot. Standard Operating Procedure.

Re:What I want to know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485506)

george bush doesn't care about jovians

Do the editors think we are that dumb? (-1, Troll)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485053)

Was it really necessary to tell us that 1/2 of two earths = 1 earth?

Is /. news for nerds or is it news for middle school dropouts?

Re:Do the editors think we are that dumb? (1)

helioquake (841463) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485097)

Is /. news for nerds or is it news for middle school dropouts?

What are you complaining about /. editors for? The quote came from TFA. And from my experience in submitting, the editors rarely edit a submitted post (though there were times I hoped they would...).

The original quote was written by a NASA PR rep. And he/she was writing it to the general audience in the U.S, not for slashdotters.

Re:Do the editors think we are that dumb? (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485348)

They don't edit submitted posts?

Really?

Thanks for letting me know, see I am kind of new here and it could have taken me a long time to figure that out!

Re:Do the editors think we are that dumb? (1)

Roguelazer (606927) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485098)

Actually, their math is wrong. If the great red spot is twice as wide as earth is, then its radius is 12,756.3 km and the earth's is 6378.15. That means that the great red spot is an area of approximately 510950815.6266 square kilometers and the earth's cross section has an area of approximately 127737703.90665 square kilometers. As you can plainly see, the area of the great red spot is 4 times that of the earth. If Red Jr. is half the size of the Great Red Spot, then it must have half the area, namely, 255475407.8133 square kilometers. Thus, Red Jr. must have twice the area of the Earth and half that of the Great Red Spot. Da. Somehow, I think they meant that Red Jr. has half the diameter of the Great Red Spot. But whatever. :P

Re:Do the editors think we are that dumb? (2, Interesting)

afaik_ianal (918433) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485186)

If the great red spot is twice as wide as earth is, then its radius is 12,756.3 km and the earth's is 6378.15. That means that the great red spot is an area of approximately 510950815.6266 square kilometers and the earth's cross section has an area of approximately 127737703.90665 square kilometers.

But now you can throw your maths right out the window, because you're using the wrong formula. From Wikipedia, "The Great Red Spot's dimensions are ~24-40,000 km × 12-14,000 km". It's not circular, sorry.

At it's smallest size (which I understand it is close to at the moment - It has halved in size over the past 100 years), it is almost exactly 2 Earths wide, and is also 2 times the Earth's cross-section in area.

fuck your css bull shit (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485061)

FUCK the new layout FUCK YOU slashdot

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^ THE ONLY TRUE COMMENT IN THIS THREAD (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485248)

EXCEPT FOR THIS ONE I GUESS THIS ONE IS TRUE TOO

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Re:^ THE ONLY TRUE COMMENT IN THIS THREAD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485672)

wow lol

heard this from somewhere.... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485069)

Red Jr. is half-sized, able to swallow Earth merely once, but it blows just as hard as its older cousin.

I think that's what Saturn said...

If the two merge, will they call it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485124)

... The Perfect Storm [imdb.com] ?

I just hope someone tells Clooney and Wahlberg before it's too late this time! :-)
OH NOES!!!!11!!one!1

j/k
Wait

No really. j/k

Wise Man Say (5, Funny)

isecore (132059) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485126)

When it blows on Jupiter, better cover Uranus.

antichrist (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485146)

I saw the antichrist on tv today. His name is George Bush.

I think we'll be sure to hear... (3, Funny)

darkrowan (976992) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485151)

... that our local news source will be running around the clock coverage of 'Jupiter Storewatch 2006'

Re:I think we'll be sure to hear... (1)

donutello (88309) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485631)

... that our local news source will be running around the clock coverage of 'Jupiter Storewatch 2006'

Anticipating looters already, are we?

Extraterrestrial weather reports? (2, Funny)

howlingfrog (211151) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485171)

I don't care about weather reports for cities 500 miles away, so why should I care about weather reports for a planet 500 million miles away???

Re:Extraterrestrial weather reports? (1)

HermanAB (661181) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485290)

It is more evidence of the effect of humans on climate change and global warming... ;)

Temporal issues... (1)

Transcendent (204992) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485176)

Title: Huge Storms Converge on Jupiter

Body: NASA is reporting that the two biggest storms in the solar system are about to collide on Jupiter.
(emphasis added)

Let's not jump the gun here... try to make subject/title lines more accurate please!

Re:Temporal issues... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485280)

Title: Huge Storms Converge on Jupiter

Body: NASA is reporting that the two biggest storms in the solar system are about to collide on Jupiter.
(emphasis added)

Let's not jump the gun here... try to make subject/title lines more accurate please!


You know, it's difficult to always put the titles in full context. But if you insist:

Huge Storms Converge on Jupiter... next week.

(Or next month, next year, or whenever the hell they're gonna happen.)
 

converge vs. collide (2)

anno1602 (320047) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485499)

converge, converged, converging, converges

  1. To tend toward or approach an intersecting point: lines that converge.
  2. To come together from different directions; meet: The avenues converge at a central square.
  3. To tend toward or achieve union or a common conclusion or result: In time, our views and our efforts converged.
  4. Mathematics. To approach a limit.

So, according to that definition, if these two storms are about to collide, they have to be converging now. So the converging is in the present, the colliding in the fututre. Given what the words mean, there are no temporal issues.

Umm... (5, Funny)

Davus (905996) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485219)

a youngster of a storm only six years old. Compared to the Great Red Spot, Red Jr. is half-sized, able to swallow Earth merely once, but it blows just as hard as its older cousin."
I'm not sure what intergalactic law is, but over here, we call that "statutory rape".

Re:Umm... (5, Funny)

alienmole (15522) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485371)

Dude, you're on Slashdot. If you were some bimbo news anchor on MSNBC you could get away with saying intergalactic. But this isn't even interstellar! It's in our own solar system, for crying out loud. The word you want is "interplanetary". Hey, and don't thank me - I kill jokes for free.

mmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485232)

mmm... Hyperbole...

Pretty Sweet "Amateur" Telescope ..? (2, Interesting)

popo (107611) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485263)


What kind of strength/magnification do you need to see Jupiter in that resolution?

Re:Pretty Sweet "Amateur" Telescope ..? (5, Informative)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485349)

What kind of strength/magnification do you need to see Jupiter in that resolution?

You are not going to get Hubble or Voyager level views. Many amatures now digitally enhence their images such that you see more in the photo than what the eye would see in the scope. One fairly recent technique is to take hundreds of digital images and then digitally average and realign the detail. The Earth's atmosphere wiggles and sometimes acts kind of like a magnifying lens. If you can capture these magnification spots when they occure and add them up, you get a nice photo.

Anyhow, I would guess that you need at least an 8-inch reflector or 5-inch refractor to see the two spots with recognizable detail. It also depends on sky conditions and viewer training. It takes a while to train the eye to see detail on planets thru a scope.
             

Re:Pretty Sweet "Amateur" Telescope ..? (2, Informative)

alienmole (15522) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485360)

The answer is in the article - the photo was taken with an 11-inch telescope. If you're flush with cash, just go get one of these [opticsplanet.net] (Meade 12"), although you'll need to use it well outside of any big urban area, light pollution around cities kills viewing conditions. (You can get a similar scope for less money if you take more of a DIY approach, but then you have to learn much more about it. Scopes like Meade and Celestron are for people who just want to spend the money and get the results.)

Re:Pretty Sweet "Amateur" Telescope ..? (2, Informative)

helioquake (841463) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485629)

There is a simple rule of thumb about magnification. It goes like this:

If your telescope is 10inch (~ 250mm), then your maximum magnification achievable with your telescope is up to 250 times. You can increase the magnification as much as you like (by the choice of an eyepiece), but it doesn't mean a damned thing when you go beyond 250x for the 10in telescope (it's like examining a photo on a magazine with 10000x magnifying glass; i.e., it's meaningless). For a 6inch telescope (~ 150mm), the max is 150x or so.

A 3in telescope is enough to see the Great Red Spot. For the small oval, it'd take a bigger telescope, I'd guess.

Premature (2, Interesting)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485269)

The New Horizons probe will visit Jupiter early next year. If the merging waits another half year then NH could give us a nice look.

New Horizons is heading toward Pluto, but will use Jupiter to kind of "slingshot" it faster toward Pluto. NASA doesn't want to pay for bigger rockets, so they cheat by stealing a small slice of Jupiter's orbital momentum. Let's hope Big Jup doesn't find out, because he is really really big and strong.
           

Re:Premature (1)

alienmole (15522) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485380)

Let's hope Big Jup doesn't find out, because he is really really big and strong.
I have used an OOP simulation to determine that Big Jup won't be able to hurt our probe. You probably didn't notice that because you tried to do it with SQL. :-P

WOW! (1)

joeytmann (664434) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485272)

I can't remember the last /. article to recieve this many blow job jokes.

Global Warming (0, Offtopic)

ShakaUVM (157947) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485286)

We've never seen as large a storm as this ever before. Clearly the only possible explanation is human involvement!

(Yes, global warming may be real, but the utterly non-scientific way it is presented in the media just sets my teeth on edge. Sportatic outliers will always happen. You can't EVER point at a single heat wave or hurricane and say that it is evidence of global warming. You have to look at trending, and the big picture. And yet on NPR in April they had three different scientists saying that Katrina was definitely caused by global warming.)

Re:Global Warming/Cooling Same thing. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485315)

Gotcha covered!

It doesn't matter. Global warming, global cooling - both at the same time! (e.g. google "global cooling" [dinosauria.com] )

As long as man is bad, all is good.

Re:Global Warming (2, Funny)

MosesJones (55544) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485423)

but the utterly non-scientific way it is presented in the media

You don't have to watch Fox.

Re:Global Warming (2, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485752)

Clearly the only possible explanation is human involvement!

There was that RTG on Galileo...

wow, just wow... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485301)

Amazing summary... just read the bolded please.

Storm #1 is the Great Red Spot, twice as wide as Earth itself, with winds blowing 350 mph. The behemoth has been spinning around Jupiter for hundreds of years. Storm #2 is Oval BA, also known as 'Red Jr.,' a youngster of a storm only six years old. Compared to the Great Red Spot, Red Jr. is half-sized, able to swallow Earth merely once, but it blows just as hard as its older cousin.

Now a rewrite... I was hitting her G-Spot from behind, but it was hard because her ass was twice as wide as Earth itself. She was so good at blowing that it left my head spinning. I swear I didn't know she was a youngster but I didn't feel so bad since my last memory of sex was nearly six years old. I just wish she wasn't a half-sized midget, but who cares if she can swallow like a Roomba gone wrong. As a Slashdot geek, this chance only comes once, but its to know that a real girl blows just as hard as my older cousin^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H I mean my vacuum cleaner.

That summary is so wrong yet so erotic.

Re:wow, just wow... (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485356)

I think this post wins the "Please Get This Guy a Girlfriend Fast" award. (No, that is NOT "fast girlfriend".)

bah that's nothing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485321)

Chuck Norris would beat those both with ONE roundhouse kick.

Re:bah that's nothing! (1)

alienmole (15522) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485384)

And then Jack Bauer would torture Chuck Norris until he confessed to whatever it is Jack wants him to confess to.

Re:bah that's nothing! (1)

Warg! The Orcs!! (957405) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485488)

Chuck could take it

Global Warming (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485390)

I personally blame global warming for these super storms. People need to cut back on their motor vehicle use or other planets may suffer the same fate.

couldnt help myself... (0, Redundant)

wisdom_brewing (557753) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485392)

I, for one, welcome our new red 350mph overlords...

Ohh baby! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15485421)

Red Jr. is half-sized, able to swallow Earth merely once, but it blows just as hard as its older cousin.

Who's a lucky Earth then, hey!? Earth getting blown by Jupiter *and* it swallows!

Storms not collideing (1)

jonfr (888673) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485591)

The storms are not collideing, but they are passing close to each other. During that, it is propable that the smallar storm system is going to loose it red color, in worst case serano the larger storm is going to trow the smaller storm out of his current path. But it is hard to tell for sure what exacly happens, this is a wait and see thing.

Re:Storms not collideing (1)

godless dave (844089) | more than 8 years ago | (#15485730)

You mean the title on this science article is misleading and sensationalistic? Imagine that!
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