“Vanishing!” –Spectacular Atmosphere Beneath Jupiter’s Clouds

 

Jupiter Storm Clouds

 

“Every six or seven years, we found examples of observations when the equatorial clouds had vanished completely, allowing us to see deeper into Jupiter’s churning atmosphere,” said Arrate Antuñano at the University of Leicester. “These cloud-clearing disturbances left the equator looking very bright in the infrared, and dark brownish in visible light. These disturbances lasted for 12-18 months, and we saw spectacular examples in 1973, 1979, 1992, 1999 and 2006.”

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