Wednesday, December 01, 2010

By Jove, It's Back

Return of Jupiter's missing stripe

"The revival of Jupiter's South Equatorial Belt (SEB), missing for nearly a year, is now well underway. The roiling, turbulent disturbance that heralds the brown stripe's full return stretches almost halfway around the giant planet."

When you think about it this is beyond extraordinary for change of this magnitude to happen so fast.
Jupiter is so large it has more mass than all the other planets combined; it could swallow a thousand earths with room to spare.
I pulled one of my telescopes out to see the band gone last winter, I guess I'll set it up again to catch it's return. It's ideal for dark skies right now with a new moon on December 5. Even with the smallest scope the equatatorial bands are very apparent.


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