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Question 2:
What are the similarities and differences between hurricanes on Earth and Jupiter's Great Red Spot?

Hurricanes and the Great Red Spot are similar because they both have circular motions and strong winds. Some differences are:

  • The red spot is a high-pressure system, where air rises. Hurricanes, on the other hand, are low-pressure systems, where air sinks.
  • "Cyclone" is another name for hurricane. The red spot's winds are said to be "anti-cyclonic" because the storm's rotation is counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere of Jupiter. A cyclone rotates clockwise in Earth's Southern Hemisphere.
  • Another unique feature of the Great Red Spot is that it never travels over a solid surface. Hurricanes, however, lose their energy and weaken when they reach land.

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