Jupiter’s Swirling Great Red Spot — “300 Kilometer-Deep Storm Larger Than Earth”

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The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a 150-year-old storm larger than Earth, but just how deep into the planet does it go? 

Using radio-wavelength data collected this year by NASA’s Juno mission, researchers have found that signatures of the Great Red Spot persist roughly 300 kilometers into Jupiter. That’s some deep weather: The largest storms on Earth—like hurricanes—top out at about 15 kilometers tall.

These results were reported at the American Geophysical Union meeting this week in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Daily Galaxy via Science/AAAS