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May 12th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

One of Jupiters Bands Disappears


Jupiter loses a band.


Jupiter has lost one of its prominent bands, leaving its southern half looking unusually blank. Scientists are not sure what triggered the disappearance of the band.


Jupiter’s appearance is usually dominated by two dark bands in its atmosphere – one in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern hemisphere.

But recent images of Jupiter taken by amateur astronomers show that the southern band – called the south equatorial belt – has disappeared.

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