A dark storm over Neptune has reversed direction and scientists cannot explain why

Astronomers were surprised to see two storms on Neptune. It is possible that the huge storm of the planet generated another when it suddenly changed direction. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, STScI, MH Wong (University of California, Berkeley) and LA Sromovsky and PM Fry (University of Wisconsin-Madison))

A dark storm on Neptune suddenly changed direction and began to move away from almost certain death, puzzling astronomers.

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope first saw the vortex in 2018. A year later, the storm began to head south toward Neptune’s equator, following the path of several storms in front of it. Usually, these dark spots on Neptune live for a few years before disappearing or disappearing. However, the storm mysteriously stopped south and made a sudden turn, drifting back north. At the same time, astronomers have observed a second smaller dark spot on the planet.