Climate change on Jupiter? Impossible!

But Bush and Cheney aren’t there drilling for oil and drive SUVs all around the plant! AP:

Jupiter’s third spot may not be around for long.

Images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope show the third spot, the smallest of the three, recently passed under the Great Red Spot and now is a pale version of its former self. Meanwhile, the planet’s second-largest spot passed by its neighbor apparently unscathed.

The Space Telescope Science Institute, which coordinates the use of the orbiting Hubble telescope, released a series of three images taken since mid-May on Thursday.

The institute said some astronomers now predict the so-called Baby Spot will now get pulled back into the Giant Red Spot and disappear.

The second spot, dubbed Red Spot Jr., appeared in the spring of 2006 while the Great Red Spot has been observed for centuries. Some believe the new spots may be due to climate change on Jupiter.

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