What Is the Temperature of Jupiter's Great Red Spot?


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Jupiter's Great Red Spot is approximately minus 256 degrees Fahrenheit. The center of the spot is roughly 3 to 4 degrees warmer than the surrounding environment.

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Discovered in the 17th century, the Great Red Spot is a massive, persistent hurricane in Jupiter's atmosphere. The storm is large enough to accommodate over two Earth-sized objects within it and takes six Earth days to complete a rotation. The storm rotates counter-clockwise, but the small temperature difference between the body of the storm and the core creates a slight clockwise motion in the middle of the storm. The temperature variation also affects weather and wind speed in other regions of Jupiter.

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