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(Science Daily)   Researchers now think they know why Jupiter's giant red spot has not disappeared, and unlike the ones you have, it's not because the planet won't stop picking at it   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Great Red Spot, planets, Jupiter, gas giants, Department of Earth, thermal radiations, Space Science Institute, Ganymede  
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2013-11-16 04:49:04 PM  
So it's like an eye storm on the Ringworld?
2013-11-16 04:53:36 PM  
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2013-11-16 05:06:36 PM  
Well, Jupiter won't stop picking at it either, but that's not why.
2013-11-16 05:07:02 PM  
That's because it's made of Monoliths.
2013-11-16 05:24:55 PM  
"Big whorls have little whorls
That feed on their velocity,
And little whorls have lesser whorls
And so on to viscosity."
2013-11-16 06:28:04 PM  
I thought it always had to deal with it being anti-cyclonic. Anti-cyclonic storms are much more difficult to start, but once they do they tend to stay longer.
2013-11-16 07:03:44 PM  
"In the past, researchers either ignored the vertical flow because they thought it was not important, or they used simpler equations because it was so difficult to model," Hassanzadeh said.

It is a storm 3 times the size of Earth and they were thinking that the vertical flow was insignificant?

2013-11-16 07:19:21 PM  
Many processes dissipate vortices like the Red Spot, Hassanzadeh explained. The turbulence and waves in and around the Red Spot sap the energy of its winds. The vortex also loses energy by radiating heat. Finally, the Red Spot sits between two strong jet streams that flow in opposite directions and may slow down its spinning.

Its not that these concepts are likely to prove untrue on Jupiter, these items are surely occurring but the storm is gaining more energy elsewhere than its losing from "friction".  I assumed it to be obvious that the storm is pulling its sustaining energy from below.
2013-11-16 07:57:42 PM  
I thought it was because that's where they keep the monoliths.
2013-11-16 09:42:21 PM  
This is Jupiter's Katrina
2013-11-17 12:24:44 AM  
Excellent headline.
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