The moon and the planets

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 105–107

An explanation of the persistence of the Great Red Spot of Jupiter

  • A. Kyrala
Letters to the Editor

DOI: 10.1007/BF00941374

Cite this article as:
Kyrala, A. The Moon and the Planets (1982) 26: 105. doi:10.1007/BF00941374

Abstract

An argument is given basing the persistence of the Great Red Spot of Jupiter on compensation of the natural decay of vorticity by collision with a portion of the vortices shed by the South boundary of the South Tropical Zone. The latter are deviated northward by Coriolis acceleration. The GRS itself is regarded as a Rankine vortex with a central depression revealing the coloration of a layer below.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Co. 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Kyrala
    • 1
  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityUSA