Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
Blogs

Headshot of Emily Lakdawalla

Jupiter's southern belt is coming back

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

01-08-2011 21:34 CDT

Topics: pretty pictures, amateur astrophotos, Jupiter

In a story that I've been following for quite a while, Jupiter's southern equatorial belt, having faded to white in 2009, is now well on its way back to its former red glory. As usual, I find Christopher Go's website to be great for checking in on the weather on the king of planets!

Jupiter on July 12, 2011 (with bonus Ganymede)

Christopher Go, Cebu, Philippines

Jupiter on July 12, 2011 (with bonus Ganymede)

With Juno about to launch this week it's an interesting question which Jupiter it'll find when it arrives in five years. According to research on the topic by Agustin Sanchez-Lavega and J. M. Gomez, the fading occurs every 3 to 14 years; so it's certainly possible that it could happen again by the time Juno gets there.

 
See other posts from August 2011

 

Or read more blog entries about: pretty pictures, amateur astrophotos, Jupiter

Comments:

Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Blog Search

Advocacy

Election 2016

Space rarely makes a strong showing in national elections, despite the major state of transition NASA finds itself in today.

Help us catalog and source statements made by candidates referring to civil space issues.

Learn More

Featured Images

Tempel 1
Mercury and Venus from MESSENGER
HiRISE view of Curiosity, sol 1207 (December 29, 2015)
Tiny grains of Martian sand
More Images

Featured Video

Intro Astronomy 2016. Class 2: How We Explore Space

Watch Now

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join the New Millennium Committee

Let’s invent the future together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!