5 most terrifying storms in the Solar system
Thunderstorms, storms, tornados on Earth are nothing compared to the bad weather that rages on other planets of the Solar system. You can find a Grand storms the size of our entire Earth, and storms that cover the entire planet whole!
The planet Venus is slightly smaller than Earth in both size and weight. But something is happening to her quite unbelievable. First, the surface temperature of about 500 degrees Celsius (this is far, far hotter than can be in the oven in your kitchen). And secondly, Venus ‘ atmosphere is one big hurricane! The planet makes one revolution around its axis in 243 earth days, but its atmosphere is very much ahead of the surface and walks around Venus in just 4 earth days. The wind speed would be about 100 meters per second (360 kilometers per hour). For comparison, the fastest train in the world speed is only 1.5 times higher.
The surface of Venus is hidden from us by very dense atmosphere. Image source
Dust storm the size of a planet
Martian atmosphere far more rarefied than earth and Venus. However, there is a lot of interesting, for example, enormous dust storms. Sometimes they envelop almost all poverkhnostyami. Strong wind with speed up to 100 meters per second, lifts and carries for long distances dust and sand. You can compare the Photos of Mars made by the space telescope named Hubble at different times. One of them “good” Mars, and the second entire surface of the planet hidden under a giant dust storm:
The Great Red Spot
Jupiter — a real record-breaker. It is the largest planet in the Solar system, a gas giant. In its enormous atmosphere formed the largest hurricanes. The most famous of them is called the Great Red Spot — so it can be seen in the telescope. The wind speed here reaches about 500 kilometers per hour. Inside that easily would fit two or even three of the Earth. However, if the Earth is really going to get off in a hurricane, we all die. In our atmosphere begins to be born never seen before storms and tornadoes, and following this, all our atmosphere will gradually accelerate. And it’s not counting the fact that the Earth will simply break off under the force of gravity of Jupiter, if she would be so close to him.
The great Red Spot on Jupiter. Image source
The great Red Spot is long-lived in the world of hurricanes. See it at least 350 years and it is constantly changing its size and shape. During the observation period it was reduced more than twice, and continues to decrease even stronger. Maybe in a hundred years from him and nothing will remain.
A comparison of the size of the Great red Spot and Earth. Image source
Probably the most unusual hurricane can be found on Saturn. At the North pole of the planet is a giant hexagonal vortex. The length of each of its six faces larger than the diameter of the Earth. It is rather strange to see the hexagonal hurricane, but scientists have shown that nature can create such unexpected things, and in experiments on Earth even managed to get something similar. For the first time scientists have seen this giant hexagon a few decades ago, when the Saturn came flying spacecraft “Voyagers”. So the hexagon can also be considered a hurricane a long time.
Hexagonal hurricane on Saturn. Image source
A large Dark Spot and the strong wind
In 1989, the spacecraft “Voyager-2” discovered on Neptune’s dark spot is comparable in size to the Earth. It turned out that this too is a storm similar to the Great Red Spot. However, unlike the storm on Jupiter, the Great Dark Spot of Neptune by 1994 already gone. But this is where blowing the strongest winds in the Solar System, their speed reached 2,400 kilometers per hour! On Earth as quickly fly supersonic aircraft.
Compare the size of Earth, Neptune and its Great Dark Spot. Image source
As you can see, our earth’s weather compared to hurricanes and storms on other planets is just a light breeze on a warm summer day. So don’t forget: going on some planets, you need to dress warmly and in any case not to forget about the scarf and hat!