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

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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Authors and Affiliations

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

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