Jupiter red dot

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why does the red dot on jupiter i think its like a storm or something or a hurricane but does anbody know why it does not stop? and the cause of it ?

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it will stop- but a storm the size of 3 earths might take a few centuries to dissapate-
 
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Welcome to Physics Forums, cbsgorams!

http://www.seds.org/billa/tnp/jupiter.html [Broken]
The Great Red Spot (GRS) has been seen by Earthly observers for more than 300 years (its discovery is usually attributed to Cassini, or Robert Hooke in the 17th century). The GRS is an oval about 12,000 by 25,000 km, big enough to hold two Earths. Other smaller but similar spots have been known for decades. Infrared observations and the direction of its rotation indicate that the GRS is a high-pressure region whose cloud tops are significantly higher and colder than the surrounding regions. Similar structures have been seen on Saturn and Neptune. It is not known how such structures can persist for so long.
Note that, on Earth, hurricanes are dissipated when they hit land (something Jupiter doesn't have).
 
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