Jupiter Drops a Belt

It doesn’t look like much in a small telescope, but Jupiter has lost a dark brown cloud belt over a quarter-million miles long that circles the planet just below the equator. Compare Jupiter before and after the SEB faded:

Before the Space Age (and even a decade or two into it) it was assumed that planets and moons would be rather tame orbs: bland clouds and craters and not much going on. Astronomers are confronted with many mysteries: disappearing clouds, liquid interiors on ice moons, volcanoes, geysers–every planet has very interesting and active things taking place.

Jupiter is up early in the morning, in the east. I haven’t been following it, but once I get my telescope mount stabilized, I’m taking a look at this.

Image credit: Anthony Wesley

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to Jupiter Drops a Belt

  1. Richard A says:

    Global warming!

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