posted on Sep, 2 2006 @ 09:20 AM
Ah yes, Oval BA.
It's most interesting... you see, a number of years ago, a bunch of other storms around Jupiter merged and formed Oval BA - but they remained
In fact, it was a great peculiarity amongst the Jupiter Scientists that the Great Red Spot is, in fact, Red. Every other major storm on Jupiter has
Then, suddenly this year, Oval BA went Red. The formation of such a storm gives rise and credance to new and old theories about the Great Red Spot,
how it formed, and how it continues, and why it's Red. As best as we can now surmise, the Great Red Spot is probably Red because it's powerful
enough to pull up clouds from deeper down in Jupiter's Atmosphere, clouds with compositions that either are red, or which eventually turn red when
exposed to UV light (from the sun).
The real question is, what's going to happen to Oval BA? It's cycle around Jupiter brings it into close proximity of the Great Red spot, and the two
have passed close to each other before. It's possible that the Grea Red Spot has survived for so long because, every few centuries or so, a storm
system like Oval BA is consumed by the Great Red Spot, and the two merge and the storm stays powered until the process happens again.