Is the Eye of Jupiter shrinking?
ESA/Hubble Information Centre says it is!
In Outback NSW, here in Broken Hill, we have been lucky to observe Jupiter in our vast sky for months, and it can still be seen for a little longer before it sinks below the horizon with Gemini. (But don’t worry – we still have two other planets offering great viewing - Mars and Saturn.)
This giant storm, called the Great Red Spot and also The Eye of Jupiter, is apparently downsizing from an oval shape into a circular shape.
This storm has been raging on this gas giant for hundreds of years and it’s downsizing apparently known about since the 1930s.
However it is a recent image from NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope that has captured the smaller spot. See the incredible image at http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1410/.