Bruce Murray Space Image Library

White Oval DE, Jupiter

White Oval DE, Jupiter
White Oval DE, Jupiter About 10 hours before closest approach to Jupiter, Voyager 1 acquired three 1x3 narrow angle green filtered mosaics of one of the three big, white ovals that were present in the South Temperate Zone at latitude 33°S during the Voyager flybys. These ovals formed in 1939–1941 and had been shrinking since then. They were named oval BC, oval DE and oval FA. In 1998, ovals DE and BC merged into a single oval that was named oval BE. In 2000, oval BE absorbed oval FA to form what was named oval BA. In 2006, the color of oval BA changed from white to red, similar to the Great Red Spot. It still has a strong, orange color. This mosaic shows white oval DE. This oval is visible at lower right in this global mosaic of Jupiter. The images in this mosaic were acquired at a distance of ~800,000 km from Jupiter's center at a resolution of ~8 km/pixel. Color, contrast, and sharpness have been enhanced to better show various details. NASA / JPL-Caltech / Björn Jónsson
Southern boundary of White Oval DE
Southern boundary of White Oval DE Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Björn Jónsson

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