Jupiter’s Great Black Spot

This is just a brief notice of Jupiter’s Great Black Spot, newly discovered this past Sunday by an Australian amateur astronomer named Anthony Wesley. 

Nobody knows what caused it yet, though some speculate a comet crashed into the planet, as happened in 1994 with the Shoemaker-Levy event.  

The image above was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

If you want to learn more about Jupiter, Greensboro Public Library has a few titles, mainly juveniles, such as:  Mission Jupiter by Daniel Fischer; Jupiter by Ron Miller (juvenile); and Jupiter:  The Fifth Planet by Michael D. Cole (juvenile). 

You can also check this previous post for some of our more recent general works on the solar system, and you’ll find lots of information about Jupiter in Science Online.


2 Responses

  1. Jupiter serves as an asteroid catcher to protect Earth. Some scientists say that for a planet to sustain life, it has to have an asteroid catcher like Jupiter in its solar system. That gash is seriously the size of Earth! Scary! Cool picture! Anyways, I have a song called “Goodbye Jupiter” you may like! http://identityarmy.wordpress.com/files/2009/07/derek-jordan-goodbye-jupiter.mp3

  2. Thanks for your comment.

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