Upheaval on Jupiter


For my own record, it is being reported that Jupiter continues to exhibit massive changes.  I have a fondness for Jupiter for some reason.  It’s my favorite planet in our solar system so maybe I should be there instead of here.  🙂  The Space Weather website names these changes in Jupiter’s atmosphere global upheaval. 

The text below and link to picture comes from http://www.spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=03&month=08&year=2007

RECTANGULAR PLANET: Jupiter is in a state of global upheaval. Cloud belts have been changing colors, cyclonic spots have been jumping cloud belts and reversing their spin. All this activity mesmerized French astronomer Guillaume Bertrand who recently spent four consecutive nights (July 24, 25, 26, 27) photographing Jupiter. He then spread out the images and stitched them into a full-planet map:

http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2007/03aug07/Guillaume-BERTRAND-j200707-Map_1185824547.jpg

“This is how Jupiter looks through my 4.5 inch Newtonian telescope,” says Bertrand. A labeled version of the map shows areas of intense activity. “There are currently two South Tropical Distubances (STrD), a South Equatorial Disturance (SED), and the South Equatorial Belt (SEB) is both fading and reviving at the same time.”

Here is more to the story:

http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2007/25/image/a/

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2 Responses to Upheaval on Jupiter

  1. pollyann says:

    I mentioned that Mars dust storm in an earlier post because it seemed noteworthy to me, too!

    Do you recall the string of pearls comets which slammed into Jupiter back in 199_ something? I don’t recall the year. It would make sense that those comets caused a reaction.

    I’m not convinced Planet X still exists. Do you recall the military’s Operation Planet X in Tikrit, Iraq not long after the Iraq war offiicially began in 2003?

  2. Janet Saxon Pieck says:

    Maybe Planet X is on it’s way in through the solar system. I heard that it is hard for us to see until it is almost on top of us because it only gives off infra-red rays!As you probably are aware Jupiter is apparently not the only planet showing changes, in fact Mars is consumed by a dust storm at present!

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