Earth-Jupiter size comparison

Earth-Jupiter size comparison

Jupiter has a giant hurricane which has been going on for over 350 years: the Great Red Spot.

In the 21st century, the Great Red Spot was seen shrinking in size. At the start of 2004, the Great Red Spot had approximately half the longitudinal extent it had a century ago when it reached a size of 40,000 km (25,000 mi), about two times the diameter of Earth. At the present rate of reduction, it would become circular by 2040. It is not known how long the spot will last, or whether the change is a result of normal fluctuations. In 2019, the Great Red Spot began “flaking” at its edge, with fragments of the storm breaking off and then dissipating.
This image is created from The Earth seen from Apollo (famously known as the “Blue Marble“) and Portrait of Jupiter from Cassini (NASA.gov).
The image of Earth was taken by Apollo 17 on 7 December 1972. The image of Jupiter was taken by Cassini on 29 December 2000.

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