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Global Warming on Jupiter?

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Close inspections of Red Spot Jr., in Hubble images released today, reveal that similar to the Great Red Spot, the more recently developed storm rises above the top of the main cloud deck on Jupiter.

Little is known about how storms form on the giant planet. They are often described as behaving similar to hurricanes on Earth. Some astronomers believe that the spots dredge up material deep below Jupiter’s clouds and lift it to where the Sun’s ultraviolet light chemically alters it to give it a red hue.

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.

The fact that “global warming” appears to be occuring on a number of planets in our solar system should probably give pause to those who have wedded themselves to the idea that such warming on Earth is entirely a product of human activity. Or perhaps the residents of Jupiter just need to cut their dependence on fossil fuels and stop driving those SUVs…

Marc Vander Maas


  • Geoffrey Johnson

    It’s worth a laugh, but the satire ignores two salient details from the featured article: 1) Jupiter’s climate is changing on account of a giant storm formation that modifies airflow, leaving equatorial latitudes warmer while the poles become *cooler*; 2) a similar phenomenon occurred on the planet 300 years ago. In contrast, Earth’s temperatures are rising from pole to pole, and the rate of warming (which correlates to atmospheric carbon concentration) is unprecedented in at least tens of thousands of years. Thus the climates of Jupiter and Earth appear incongruous.

  • Good post.
    Well if global warming doesn’t wipe us out, then I am sure the avian flu virus will get us. Oh, there’s a vaccine already, well then Iran will drop nukes on us. Oh, we’re going to nuke them first. I see. Well there’s gotta be a gigantic meteor coming towards us.

    It’s the end of the world as you know it and I feel … slightly confused, a little jaded, a bit relieved …

  • Enjoyed reading this article. I’ve actually been doing some research for a project at school on Jupiter and it’s a lot more interesting a planet than I realized. Glad I came across your post.