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05/13/2010 06:46 PM ID: 84104 Permalink   

Jupiter Loses Southern Band


When Jupiter recently re-emerged into view, astronomers noticed that it was missing one of its dominant features: the southern band, a dark wide stripe on the gas giant.

This is not the first time it has done so while being observed. In 1973, the Pioneer space probe passed by and scientists noticed that it was missing then too. Later, in the 90s, it vanished temporarily.

It is theorized that white clouds in the upper atmosphere of the planet might be obscuring the darker belt region. Recently the planet has been experiencing numerous other sudden changes: bands changing colors, and random appearance of spots.

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  Holy smokes  
something else to blame on "global warming"
  by: Furbox   05/14/2010 01:41 AM     
  martian war  
naa just a martian world war, :P
  by: ssxxxssssss   05/14/2010 04:50 AM     
Jupiter was always interesting for me, i don´t think so that it would have a some kind of effect on the Earth.
  by: vizhatlan     05/14/2010 02:02 PM     
  I always mourn the loss of a southern band  
The worst was when Lynyrd Skynyrd broke up.
  by: VermiciousG     05/14/2010 05:28 PM     
yeah, i was going to try to work in that sort of pun into the summary or headline but my brain failed me.
  by: theironboard     05/14/2010 09:08 PM     
Good one...wouldnt be suprised if people acually jumped on that one...haha

Darn it! you beat me to it! :P

My personal fascination with our celestial neighbors has always been with Mars...


You lose! :P but awsome summary either way...

  by: sirez   05/15/2010 04:27 AM     
Mars is also an interesting planet for me but a little trouble is that the one has a wery cold weather to live, perhapse once i can get there either with the help of he US or the Russia.
  by: vizhatlan     05/15/2010 10:14 AM     
You mean you´ve never been?!
  by: Zmethod     05/15/2010 07:17 PM     
not everyone has your kind of money.
  by: John E Angel     05/16/2010 06:24 AM     
  Southern Band  
First Lynyrd Skynyrd plan crash, and now Jupiter has loss their Southern Band.. Music will never be the same again!
  by: pmartina   05/25/2010 08:49 PM     
  Remember Jupiter´s fourth album?  
Songs like
"Saturn took his ring back"
"Europa´s always on my mind"
"Io, Io, It´s off to work I go"

and my favorite...

"String of pearls, my a$$ (Comets hurt)"
  by: VermiciousG     05/25/2010 10:53 PM     
  Jupiter bands are  
pretty good, pretty good. I do prefer though, the music that comes out of Uranus. :)
  by: John E Angel     05/26/2010 12:04 AM     
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