Jupiter unexpectedly lost one of its characteristic will

16.05.2010


Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, astronomers unexpectedly lost one of its characteristic signs, namely the Southern Equatorial Belt dark clouds, adjacent to the famous Great Red Spot



In the atmosphere of Jupiter observed stable structures: stripes and spots. Clouds, which are at different heights, have their color.


Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, astronomers unexpectedly lost one of its characteristic signs, namely the Southern Equatorial Belt dark clouds, adjacent to the famous Great Red Spot.


This belt, visible even through the most modest optics consistently observed for centuries. Now he has disappeared almost completely, and the stain remains — it says that the band is really gone, and not hidden in the haze of the higher layers of the atmosphere.


Late last year, the belt was still visible, and then Jupiter for a few months eclipsed Sun. "Emerging", the planet has shown strangely updated face, writes The Daily Mail.


In the atmosphere of Jupiter observed stable structures: stripes and spots. Clouds, which are at different heights, have their color. The highest of them red and white are a little lower, even lower than brown, and in the bottom layer — bluish. Belt of brown clouds, according to scientists, formed frozen crystals of ammonia, mixed with sulfur and phosphorus. Clouds gather to strip the strongest Jovian winds, sometimes exceeding 600 km / h


Vanished Time said amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley, who watched the planet through a telescope from his garden in Australia. He said the Planetary Society, which since the end of last year started to notice that the belt is gradually fades. In his opinion, it is most likely due to the storm activity on Jupiter.


Also, another change was surprised amateur astronomer, journalist Bob King, known as the network name Astro_Bob. According to him, see Jupiter without the Southern Equatorial Belt — it's like seeing Saturn without rings: in other words, it is seen as an anomaly.


According to the newspaper, for Jupiter, in principle, is very characteristic temporary loss of pages — this is not clarified by the end of reasons about every 10-15 years.


However, astronomer Vladimir Surdin of the State Astronomical Institute of Moscow State University Sternberg said RIA "Novosti" that the formation of such a giant as the South Equatorial Belt does not disappear instantly. "This is exactly the latitude where the Great Red Spot, and with him in the past 200 years, nothing happens, since Galileo observed it. This is an interesting weather phenomenon, it proves that for the larger planets, too, need to watch, it is still true, "- he said.

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