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What We Can Learn From Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

by Andrew Ciccone March 16, 2017

Vortices manage energy—gathering and dispersing it—keeping the entire cosmos organized and alive. A vortex is the epitome of Nature’s use of opposites in the maintenance of balance. In fact, vortical movement is a perfect example of balance through polarity. It is also Nature’s finest creative/organizing force.

Jupiter is the largest of the nine planets composed largely of hydrogen and helium. Jupiter’s atmosphere is a complicated system of clouds and hazes with a wide range of phenomena and instability. These instabilities include:

  •        Vortices (cyclones and anticyclones)
  •        Storms
  •        Lightening

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is an area with persistent anticyclonic storms. Many scientists believe that since Jupiter’s weather functions under the same physics as Earth, learning more about Jupiter and its Great Red Spot could help us better understand Earth’s weather system.

The Great Red Spot, a vortex, is one of the largest anticyclones in the atmosphere. An anticyclone is a weather system with high pressure at its center, around which air circulates. Jupiter’s Red Spot generates a lot of turbulence that impedes the flow of air in the atmosphere. Science tells us that the Red spot should have disappeared a long time ago due to turbulence and waves in and around the Red Spot sapping the energy of its winds. However, this gigantic storm has lasted over 3 centuries.  

The truth about water is out there...way out there. Scientists have found that water is prevalent throughout the universe. The self-organizing nature of vortices is a significant factor during the creation of structured/liquid crystalline water. Vortices are thought to bring about the same type of characteristics as found in superfluids. The same vertical flow of vortexes could explain why oceanic vortices, such as those formed near the Straits of Gibraltar, can last for years in the Atlantic Ocean.

The temperature at the center of a vortex is cooler than at the periphery. This is known as the Ranque-Hilsch effect. When left alone, water always spirals.  

Movement encourages vortices:

  • they help to purify and energize water;  
  • they help maintain water’s perfect temperature (4°C);
  • they bring about coherent structure;
  • and they send/receive life-supporting, cosmic information.

Their vertical flow plays a role in the ocean’s ecosystem by lifting nutrients to the surface. These nutrients are what sustain biological productivity and maintain the health of the ocean.

Researchers have spent decades watching Jupiter and its Red Spot, yet many mysteries remain. The extent of the effects of Jupiter on the atmosphere, specifically Earth, are questionable and being analyzed and tracked daily.



Andrew Ciccone
Andrew Ciccone


Andrew Ciccone, VP Branding & Media Strategy - Andrew's long strange marketing trip began after graduating from Syracuse University with a BS in Marketing. Andrew then developed his marketing prowess when he moved to Madison Avenue big boys Young & Rubicam, Backer Spielvogel, and Grey Advertising. He went on to get a Masters in Corporate Communications from Baruch College, then went on to start his own agency in 2011 - Hudson Valley Public Relations. Andrew has earned a reputation for creative, smart, innovative campaigns that get results. Andrew's spare time is devoted to sailing regattas, family fun and film. To date he has penned four screenplays.

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