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The James Webb telescope has discovered a large spot on the surface of Jupiter that is larger than the Earth. It appears to be some kind of atmospheric disturbance.

No signs of any monoliths, though.
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* * * Movie spoiler – 2001 and it’s sequel 2010 * * * 

This is mostly true. The image is from the Webb Telescope and researchers made a point of observing the spot, put they didn’t “discover” it. The Great Red Spot has been observed by astronomers for centuries, and we’ve known for decades that it is caused by an ongoing atmospheric storm. (The spot looks white in this pic because it’s a composite image using multiple filters.)

By using the word “discovered” and saying it “appears” to be an atmospheric disturbance, the statement makes it sound like the spot is something new.

It’s also true that no monoliths were seen around Jupiter, however, researchers were not expecting to see them.

* * * Movie spoiler – 2001 and it’s sequel 2010 * * *

The reference to monoliths comes from the film “2001: A Space Odyssey” and its sequel “2010: The Year We Make Contact”. A large, black rectangular monolith features prominently in those films. It’s shown orbiting Jupiter towards the end of “2001” and a swarm of monoliths multiply within the atmosphere of Jupiter in “2010” causing the planet to explode into a star.

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@Pat Not like any monolith would be able to withstand the huge storm in the large spot anyway. ;)

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