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May 10

Big Mystery: Jupiter Loses a Stripe

Source: NASA Science News

In a surprising development that has transformed the appearance of the solar system's largest planet, one of Jupiter's two main cloud belts has completely disappeared.


Jupiter before and after the disapearance of the South Equatorial Band.
Credit: Anthony Wesley

Known as the South Equatorial Belt (SEB), the brown cloudy band is twice as wide as Earth and more than twenty times as long. The loss of such an enormous "stripe" can be seen with ease halfway across the solar system. (read more)

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