Space is full of all sorts of strange solar activity, so it's not surprising that the largest planet in our solar system is also home to one of its nastiest storms. The solar system's famous Great Red Spot is a storm on Jupiter that presents itself as a tyrant of swirling heat and sound. But what exactly is Jupiter's Great Red Spot? It's larger than Earth, hundreds of miles deep, and sometimes changes colors, but, most of all, the storm is still a massive mystery.
What lies within the swirling Jovian storm system and how it sustains itself are Great Red Spot facts that humanity is still in the process of unveiling. However, Earthlings have kept their eyes on Jupiter and its signature anticyclone long enough to gather an array of fascinating pictures of the planet, as well as information on the storm size, temperatures, and chemical compositions.
Travel into the eye of the storm and boost your intergalactic knowledge by packing your brain full of what scientists and astronomers have discovered about the Great Red Spot.
The Great Red Spot's Wind Speeds Range From 270 To 425 Miles Per HourPhoto: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr
The Storm Is More Than 200 Miles DeepPhoto: Kevin Gill / Flickr
The Storm Is About 700 Degrees Hotter Than The Rest Of The PlanetPhoto: NASA / Wikimedia Commons
It Has Lost 1/3 Of Its Size Since 1979Photo: NASA / Wikimedia Commons
Its Color Changes With TimePhoto: Kevin Gill / Wikimedia Commons
Astronomers Have Been Keeping Their Eyes On It Since The 1830sPhoto: Kevin Gill / Wikimedia Commons