Giant Red Spot on Jupiter dissipating
Name: Andy Beaucage
Will the Giant Red Spot on Jupiter ever dissipate?
This is a good question, Andy. I expect that it will dissipate over time.
Any such structure in a liquid will dissipate over time due to mixing at the
surface, or the dying away of the rotational flows that make up the spot.
It is likely that this dissipation will be slow. Some of the cyclones in
our atmosphere take several days or even weeks to dissipate. Maybe you
could be the scientist who will decide this question in the future.
Samuel P Bowen
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