NASA: Agency confirms a storm occurring in Jupiter after it was discovered by an amateur astronomer
NASA, along with other space agencies and space enthusiasts, have detected activity going on in other planets in the Solar System and beyond. Recently, the agency confirmed one amateur astronomer’s sighting of a storm raging in the gas giant Jupiter.
Astronomer Clyde Foster from Centurion in South Africa was the first to spot the activity happening in Jupiter, to which NASA later confirmed. Through the photos taken by the Juno spacecraft, they showed several cyclones in its southern hemisphere, even the Great Red Spot. Mr. Foster spotted the storm in Jupiter back in May through his telescope, where he saw some activity going on in a bright spot on the planet. The storm, however, was not visible to astronomers in Australia hours prior to the sighting.
By June 2nd, NASA’s Juno spacecraft made an approach to Jupiter to take a closer look at the bright spot, which was nicknamed as Clyde’s Spot. “Although Juno would not be traveling directly over the outbreak, the track was close enough that the mission team determined the spacecraft would obtain a detailed view of the new feature, which has been informally dubbed as ‘Clyde’s Spot’” said the agency.
NASA also added that these supposed “outbreaks” usually happen in the latitude band, which is also known as the South Temperate Belt. Prior to this sighting, an outbreak was detected by the Juno spacecraft back in 2018.
Meanwhile, many space enthusiasts wondered if there is such a possibility that the universe in itself would collapse into a supermassive black hole in the very distant future. During an Ask Me Anything session with National Science Foundation director Dr. Joe Pesce, the expert addressed this concern after one user asked the question, and said that such a scenario is impossible.
Dr. Pesce explained that black holes usually “feed” slowly in a relative sense that the added mass only makes up a small percentage of the black hole’s total mass. There is also the added fact that the universe, as we know it is continuously expanding at a fast rate, and so many celestial objects are moving farther away from each other, which would make it impossible for the universe to collapse into a supermassive black hole.