If a University of California, Berkeley, physicists vision of Jupiter is correct, the giant planet will be in for a major global temperature shift over the next decade as most of its large vortices disappear.
This image of Jupiter, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows the three White Ovals to the southwest of the planets Great Red Spot. Two of the White Ovals have since disappeared, a sign that the planet is about to undergo a major climate shift, according to a UC Berkeley expert in fluid dynamics. (NASA photo)
But fans of the Great Red Spot can rest easy. The most famous of Jupiters vortices - which are often compared to Earths hurricanes - will stay put, largely because of its location near the planets equator, says Philip Marcus, a professor at UC Berkeleys Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Using whirlpools and eddies for comparison, Marcus bases his forecast on principals learned in junior-level fluid dynamics and on the observation that many of Jupiters vortices are literally vanishing into thin air.
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