Friday, May 05, 2006

New Storm on Jupiter Hints at Climate Change reported A storm is brewing half a billion miles away and in a rare event, astronomers get to watch it closely. Jupiter is growing a new red spot and the Hubble Space Telescope is photographing the scene. Backyard astronomers have been following the action, too. "Red Spot Jr." as it is being called, formed after three white oval-shaped storms—two of which were at least 90 years old—merged between 1998 and 2000.

A similar merger took place centuries ago and formed the bigger and legendary Great Red Spot, a storm twice as big as Earth and almost 300 years old. The latest images could provide evidence that Jupiter is in the midst of a global change that can modify temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit on different parts of the globe.

Will the Bush Administration be blamed for this, or will the residents of Jupiter join Kyoto?


Russ S. said...

Greetings, Don
I hope all is well.
Do you recall when I mentioned the research I had found that shows a significant warming trend in the surface temparature of the sun? This would seem to fit that scenario as well. Did you have any luck finding additional info about it?

Don Singleton said...

No, but the surface temperature of the sun varies from year to year, and decade to decade.

Although I suspect the Dems will blame Bush for the surface temperature of the sun as well.