Is Jupiter losing it’s big red spot?

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

GREENBELT, MD – Jupiter doesn’t seem to be his same old self these days.

Astronomers and other planet gazers have been watching Jupiter for centuries, and they’ve seen some pretty strange things going on up there lately.

That big, red, swirling spot is shrinking at a rate of about 580 miles a year. It was about 25,500 miles long back in the 1880’s, but now it’s about 10,250 miles across.

Scientists don’t know what’s causing the shrinkage. In fact, they don’t even know what will happen if the red spot disappears, like one of the two red stripes that vanished back in 2010.

Then there’s that whole square hole discovered on the sun. What’s up with that?

And let’s not forget strange things falling out of the skies over Australia recently.

A Twitter pic shows what residents of Queensland reported as a flaming object with a blue and orange tail hitting the ground like a bomb.

No one knows what it was.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.