The Disturbance is Starting

Jupiter’s faded belt may be coming back. Jupiter’s South Equatorial Belt — one of the two broad red stripes that are usually visible across its disk in even small telescopes — faded into a pale white earlier this year. As I wrote in June, it’s not the first time that Jupiter has “lost” a belt; in fact, it’s happened 14 times (I guess 15, now) since astronomers first noticed the phenomenon in the early 20th century. Jupiter loses a beltOver ….


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