The Big Orange Splot [ID: 1]

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Submitted by : bzznzo on 2015-12-17 17:31 UT

This big orange splot looks pretty awesome to me! We should take some nice photos of it when the Mission Juno satellite arrives at Jupiter. It looks to be roughly 1.5x the size of earth maybe? It has a great orange color. Maybe it's a massive storm?

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  1. comment by Glenn on 2015-12-20 01:08 UT
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    This isn't well resolve, but I believe it's an anticyclonic vortex, like the Great Red Spot, known officially as "Oval BA" but sometimes also informally called "Red Spot Junior" or the "little red spot". It was like the white ovals further south that were labelled FA, BC and DE, all of which merged over a few years, with the Ovals labelled BC, DE and FA merging into each other in that sequence and in that order: BC-DE-FA formed BA. It's the second largest vortex that has a distinctive red color. (The third is a smaller anticyclonic vortex in the northern hemisphere.)

  2. comment by Holliman-17 on 2015-12-18 19:20 UT

    I think it might be a can of spilled paint from Mother Nature's pallet?