Friday, May 23, 2008

Jupiter Succombs to Global Warming

Anthropogenic Global Warming is big, really big. It's so big it has reached to Jupiter, 588 million km (365 million miles) distant. Damn we're good. Or bad, depending on your politics.

NASA sent a photographer to take some pictures of the evil deed. Okay, it wasn't really a photographer. It was only a space robot with a Brownie camera, but the snaps are great.
For about 300 years Jupiter's banded atmosphere has shown a remarkable feature to telescopic viewers, a large swirling storm system known as The Great Red Spot. In 2006, another red storm system appeared, actually seen to form as smaller whitish oval-shaped storms merged and then developed the curious reddish hue.

Now, Jupiter has a third red spot, again produced from a smaller whitish storm. All three are seen in this image made from data recorded on May 9 and 10 with the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. The spots extend above the surrounding clouds and their red color may be due to deeper material dredged up by the storms and exposed to ultraviolet light, but the exact chemical process is still unknown.

For scale, the Great Red Spot has almost twice the diameter of planet Earth, making both new spots less than one Earth-diameter across. The newest red spot is on the far left (west), along the same band of clouds as the Great Red Spot and is drifting toward it. If the motion continues, the new spot will encounter the much larger storm system in August. Jupiter's recent outbreak of red spots is likely related to large scale climate change as the gas giant planet is getting warmer near the equator.
The National Geographic magazine also thinks the Red Spots are caused by Global Warming:
The advent of yet another red spot in Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere may support the idea that the planet is undergoing climate change.

Fluid-mechanics professor Philip Marcus of the University of California predicted in 2004 that rising temperatures would destabilize Jupiter's jet streams and give rise to more vortices.
Global Warming can be the only explanation for the temperature increase on Jupiter because mankind, and only mankind, is heating Earth, nothing else. That according the Al Gore and the Fried Earthers. To ascribe another cause to simultaneous heating of another planet in the solar system, like a hyperactive solar cycle, would obliterate the GW money maker Gore has invented. It would also mean the Goracle is a liar and that just can't be true, a politician would never lie to make a buck. Never.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

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