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New Horizons Photographs Earth Sized Storm

samzenpus posted more than 7 years ago | from the bring-an-unbrella dept.

Space 31

Matthew Sparkes writes "The New Horizons spacecraft has taken the closest ever photos of Jupiter's Little Red Spot, which is actually a storm the size of Earth which has been raging since 2005. New Horizons targeted the storm when it passed Jupiter to gain speed for its journey to Pluto. The source of the red hue remains an open question. Some scientists believe hurricane-like winds lift material from beneath Jupiter's cloud-tops up to an altitude where radiation from the Sun can chemically alter it, producing the red colour. Scientists have estimated that winds in the storm were whipping around the atmosphere at 180 metres per second."

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This is Katrinas big sister (0)

malkir (1031750) | more than 7 years ago | (#18522773)

Also known as "Sally" FP

Re:This is Katrinas big sister (1)

AP2k (991160) | more than 7 years ago | (#18523959)

Damn you, global warming!

What are the materials? (2, Funny)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 7 years ago | (#18522825)

That get whipped up? Whats jupiter made of? Cheese? Cuz I like cheese.

Re:What are the materials? (1)

PrescriptionWarning (932687) | more than 7 years ago | (#18527269)

Well wallace and gromit have already claimed the cheese from the moon, so you better act quick before they do jupiter too...

what what (1)

trollofdoom (647425) | more than 7 years ago | (#18522893)

in the GNAA [youtube.com]

Re:what what (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18523007)

IM CONVINCED

where can i find some literature about joining your proud orginization?

Re:what what (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18523375)

I know I shouldn't be replying to GNAA trolls, but the video linked to is f-ing hilarious.

Re:what what (0)

malkir (1031750) | more than 7 years ago | (#18525505)

We need a -1 Flaming mod

reading between the media hype (5, Funny)

weighn (578357) | more than 7 years ago | (#18522899)

while stuck in some outer planet backwater bar, I overheard Jupiter's disgruntled manager - after one too many Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters (ie one) - dejected over recent interest in Saturn.

"Damn that Saturn to hell! It's smaller, it has less moons, its further away from ALL the major hotels in the solar system. It's more eccentric and possibly on drugs."

"My job should be easy. I manage the best darn gas-giant in town - but getting press is damn near impossible!"

"'Ohhh! Look at its pretty rings!' They quip. Simpletons. 'Ohh. Geometric shape!' BIG DEAL! Haven't they spun a bucket of water and looked inside?! My guy has rings too! And some pretty neat storms. Why can't those paparazzi scum run a story on that? God knows my gaseous client gets enough exposure, what with these sling-shot detours and such..."

FYI (1, Insightful)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 7 years ago | (#18523315)

winds in the storm were whipping around the atmosphere at 180 metres per second.


Which, for those of us unaccustomed to describing velocity in the metric system, is 402 MPH.

I'll allow someone else figure out how many Libraries of Congress per fortnight that would be.

Re:FYI (3, Funny)

Rick Genter (315800) | more than 7 years ago | (#18523537)

I'll allow someone else figure out how many Libraries of Congress per fortnight that would be.


No, no, no. The standard unit for speed is furlongs per fortnight. And 180 meters per second is 1,082,319.26 furlongs per fortnight [google.com] .

Re:FYI (1)

beavis88 (25983) | more than 7 years ago | (#18524063)

I think 238,110 (American) football fields per fortnight is a lot more intuitive, personally.

Re:FYI (1, Informative)

whitehatnetizen (997645) | more than 7 years ago | (#18524107)

I find it slightly disconcerting that someone who calculated m/s into mpg get's modded insightful rather than informative :-D
Shamelessly ripped from the internet oracle digest #365
  Ladies and gentlemen, we are here today to determine the United States
  measurement challenge once and for all.
  In the blue corner we have our current US champion for many years,
  weighing in at 220.4623 pounds, our hero: Igor Imperial.
  In the red corner we have, weighing in at 100kg all the way from
  France, and currently storming the world wherever he goes, our
  challenger: Mean Mr Metric.
  It will be a great fight today and one that may change the course of
  history. Can Mean Mr Metric defeat Igor Imperial and change US life
  forever, or will Igor outwit the classy opponent and maintain his place
  in history. We are about to find out.
  Gentlemen, I want a clean fight. Shake hands and come out fighting on
  the bell.
  Round 1: "DONG"
  They both approach each other and meet in the middle of the ring.
  Metric has trained well and opens with the first punch:
        How many feet in a mile?
  Imperial answers after a moments hesitation with:
        5280
  "Good exchange there Bob, hasn't worried either of them."
  "No Bill, it's still neck and neck, although Imperial took a fraction
  of a second to divert that question."
  Imperial decides to attack with a similar strategy:
        How many metres in a kilometre?
  Instantly, Metric flashes back with:
        1000
  "Wasn't that a great counter by Metric eh Bob - so quick. He's looking
  good tonight"
  "Sure is Bill"
  Imperial goes on the attack again with a curly one:
        How much does a litre of water weigh?
  Metric comes back quickly with:
        1 kilogram
  "Great offense from Imperial there Bob. Combining both measurement of
  mass and volume - well thought out."
  "Sure thing Bill, but I think he may have left himself a bit vulnerable
  here. If I can guess, Metric should follow up with..."
        How much does a pint of water weigh?
  Imperial reels back with such a tough one. He hesitates.
  "Thought he'd do that Bill, he's looking shaky. I wonder how he's
  trained for this?"
  Suddenly, Imperial's eyes light up and he comes back with:
        1.0431758 pounds
  "Well Bob, our champ got out of that one but it was a bit messy eh?"
  "It was Bill. I think he was lucky there. Metric should come back with
  a tough one here if he's got it in him."
  As Metric prepares for an offense, the champ Imperial slips in a sneaky
  one:
        If 1mm of rain falls on 1 square metre of roof, how much water
        is collected?
  "What a shot Bob! That'll hurt him."
  Metric defends without a flinch:
        1 litre
  "No Bill, Metric has trained too well and has got too much ability.
  That reply was instananeous. You know, I think he should follow the
  same strategy as before and follow up with..."
        If 1 point of rain falls on 1 square foot of roof, how much water is
        collected?
  "Imperial is down!"
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7...
        7.97922 fl oz
  "What an answer! Our boy's still got guts!"
  "DONG"
  End of Round 1.
  "Bill, that bell came just at the right time. This fight shouldn't last
  the next round."
  "You're right Bob, but that guy from France is just too good.
  Round 2: "DONG"
  Imperial comes out and slips in a gentle offense:
        How many grams in a kilogram?
  Metric defends:
        1000
  "Playground stuff there Bob."
  "Yeah Bill"
  Metric goes for the kill:
        How many grains in an ounce?
  "Uh oh. I think this is it Bob."
  Imperial stutters:
        uuuhhhhmmmmmmm. Which system?
  "Oh Bill, he's answered with a question. That's not following the
  spirit of the game!"
  Metric replies:
        All three.
  "Curtains Bill. I'm sure."
  Imperial responds:
        Well in Avoirdupois its 437.5, in Apothecary its 480 and the other
  one is... What other one?
  Metric jabs:
        You tell me.
  Imperial falls to the floor.
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  "Knocked out Bob!"
  "Yeah Bill. I guess we have to get used to the idea of a new system
  here in the US of A. This guy is a mean lean measuring machine."
  "Just let me interrupt you Bob, our man Leroy is down in the ring
  talking with Mean Mr Metric."
  "Mean Mr Metric that was an incredible last blow there. Tell me what is
  that other system"
        Tell you the truth, Leroy, I don't know nor care. I just know there
        are three and they are all stupid.
  "Interesting response there from Mean Mr Metric, Back to you Bill"
  "We've just got word that the judges are going to make an
  announcement..."
  After final discussion, the judges have decided to declare the fight
  null and void due to the fact that the win by Mean Mr Metric would mean
  that some politicians might lose the next election.

Re:FYI (0)

whitehatnetizen (997645) | more than 7 years ago | (#18524121)

I meant MPH.... an edit button, my kingdom for an edit button.

Re:FYI (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 7 years ago | (#18524387)

Yeah, you had me worried for a second that I'd posted the wrong units.. after checking my post though, I was about to ask you what the answer was in MPG ;)

Re:FYI (1)

Drey (1420) | more than 7 years ago | (#18528439)

Could you post a link back to the archives, next time? We could use a little more exposure. :)

Speed (-1, Troll)

nbannerman (974715) | more than 7 years ago | (#18523341)

Who in their right minds decided to use 180 metres a second?

Call it 432mph and it'll make a lot more sense. (Calculation made roughly!)

That said, 432mph doesn't sound that fast to me. Ok, it is a helluva lot faster than storms here on earth, but I thought the majority of passenger jets travelled around the 500mph, which certainly makes it sound less impressive to me.

Re:Speed (5, Funny)

FMota91 (1050752) | more than 7 years ago | (#18523405)

Who in their right minds decided to use 180 metres a second?
Scientists.

Re:Speed (1)

dohzer (867770) | more than 7 years ago | (#18524635)

Scientists have two minds?
Well I guess the ones who use the metric system are slightly more intelligent.

Re:Speed (1)

icensnow (932196) | more than 7 years ago | (#18524963)

Exactly. Even in this unfashionable sector of the galaxy, all of your weather forecast and climate predictions are done with models that see everything in SI units, including winds in meters per second. They are then converted to other units for the benefit of ape=descended life forms who still think that digital watches are a neat idea. (Sorry, an earlier post got me into HHGTTG mode.) What's particularly odd when you're looking at raw model output is to see precipitation rates also given in meters per second. (There are generally a lot of zeros after the decimal point.)

Re:Speed (1)

MrSpiff (515611) | more than 7 years ago | (#18525343)

and the rest of the metric world.

What century are you in? (2, Funny)

argent (18001) | more than 7 years ago | (#18528011)

Call it 432mph and it'll make a lot more sense.

Wake up man, this is the century of the fruitbat! Use the metric system (named after Compte Nobee Metric, inventor of the steam pantechnicon and the pornograph) like NASA has ever since that Mars probe was lost because they were calculating fuel in hogsheads rather than barrels.

Re:What century are you in? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 7 years ago | (#18528405)

named after Compte Nobee Metric, inventor of the steam pantechnicon and the pornograph

Intriguing ... the guy who invented metric also invented porn??

(And no, I'm not googling it from work to find out what it really is ... ;-)

Cheers

Re:What century are you in? (1)

mattatwork (988481) | more than 7 years ago | (#18530083)

Wake up man, this is the century of the fruitbat! Use the metric system (named after Compte Nobee Metric, inventor of the steam pantechnicon and the pornograph) like NASA has ever since that Mars probe was lost because they were calculating fuel in hogsheads rather than barrels.
Who is "Compte Nobbe Metric"...? I didn't find him with Google or Wikipedia....

Who is "Compte Nobbe Metric"...? (1)

argent (18001) | more than 7 years ago | (#18533651)

He's obviously a contemporary of the uniquely talented Bergholt Stuttley Johnson [wikipedia.org] .

Picture (3, Insightful)

T-Bone-T (1048702) | more than 7 years ago | (#18523503)

"Click to enlarge". Ok. That's all you got? I was hoping for larger.

Re:Picture (1)

sighted (851500) | more than 7 years ago | (#18530363)

You can see the originals, as the New Horizons team posts them, here: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/ [jhuapl.edu] . If you're interested in following the many space probes that are active right now at Venus, Mars and Saturn, you can also keep up with all of them at ridingwithrobots.org [ridingwithrobots.org] .

"Goatse Jr." (0)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#18525057)

Nuf sed

"the size of Earth"? (1)

alleycat0 (232486) | more than 7 years ago | (#18529835)

According to Wikipedia: "The Great Red Spot's dimensions are 24-40,000 km west to east and 12-14,000 km south to north. It is large enough to contain two or three planets the size of Earth."

Re:"the size of Earth"? (1)

alleycat0 (232486) | more than 7 years ago | (#18529865)

Oops - didn't see that it was the *LITTLE* red spot that TFA referred to :/ Is there a way to withdraw one's posts?

Re:"the size of Earth"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18530913)

Unfortunately, no. The programming wizards behind this BBS system, Slashdot's primary product, haven't thought of an edit button yet.
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