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Jupiter cloud belt missing again, scientists say - CNN.com

This is what makes observing Jupiter so awesome. Sure this an extreme example, but Jupiter can change a lot from night to night and sometimes from hour to hour. Jupiter and its moons, especially the Galilean satellites, are just amazing to study and observe.
 

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I think one of the cool things is that it disappeared behind the sun for a month or so, then it reappeared with out the band. So that had to happen in the span of a month!
 

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Whoa, isn't that the band that the great red spot is a part of? I want to see what effect it had on the spot.
 

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Yeah, the storms and clouds on Jupiter last WAYYYYY longer than they do on Earth. Sometimes for hundreds of years. But they aren't permanent like a lot of "average Joes" think. There have been so many cool changes to Jupiter that it's just fascinating to watch. :agreed:
 

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Coriolis forces are a substantial part of creating the banding. Same here on good ol' Terra - tropical easterlies, temperate westerlies, polar easterlies, etc.

They think this could be a high atmospheric level (but relatively thin) ammonia cloud, covering the SEB.
 
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