Jupiters Great Red Spot: A Free Atmospheric Vortex?

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  28 Dec 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4119, pp. 1346-1348
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4119.1346


A simple hydrodynamic model yields steady-state solutions with many of the properties of the Great Red Spot and the neighboring belts and zones of Jupiter. No special forcing mechanism is necessary to maintain the circulation of the Spot. This is consistent with observations which indicate that the Great Red Spot and the zones have similar dynamic properties.