NASA’s discoveries are one of the most fascinating things, especially for people who love science and the discoveries of the universe. Sending satellites into space to study galaxies has been a game-changer, but there is still a lot of secrets yet to unfold.
Scientists believe that there are way too many secrets that the universe holds and Earth is only a speck of dust compared to its size. Recent discoveries show that the universe is constantly expanding as galaxies move farther away in terms of distance.
The Hubble Telescope has recently stumbled upon another discovery when it captured photos of planet Neptune. A “Dark Vortex” has been seen which is technically a storm so huge, it could swallow 20% of Earth’s surface.
Europe’s Hubble Telescope’s purpose is to keep track of events that occur on other faraway planets especially their weather changes. The “Dark Tempest” discovered in the photos has been found on Neptune, which stretches up to 6,800 miles in size.
A “Giant Polar Cap” storm has also been discovered on another planet in our solar system namely Uranus. According to space, the observatory’s routine sweeping found the “dark vortex” on Neptune is recent and very ambitious.
The news of this discovery was announced by the space agency along with the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). The STScI considers submissions by scientists all over the world and decides areas to study using the telescope.
Pictures of the planet Neptune was shown by the space agency and the “Dark Vortex” looked gigantic. For comparison purposes, it is estimated that its size could stretch from New York to South Africa.
In the press release, STScI revealed that the storm was in the Northern Hemisphere of Neptune. Such storms rile up the air around it, which moves up and eventually freezes forming white clouds in the surroundings.
In this case, the space agency informed that the frozen material is made up of the element methane. A good example to understand this phenomenon is to imagine the pancake-shaped clouds formed over Earth’s mountains.
Unlike our planet, the storms on other planets last for years and not just a few days or weeks.