Postcard20: Jupiter bruised

The dark smudge at bottom right is debris from a comet or asteroid that plunged into Jupiter’s atmosphere and disintegrated. In addition to the fresh impact, the image reveals a spectacular variety of shapes in the swirling atmosphere of Jupiter. The planet is wrapped in bands of yellow, brown and white clouds. These bands are produced by the atmosphere flowing in different directions at various places. When these opposing flows interact, turbulence appears. Read more about this image here.

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Release date:22 March 2011, 10:23
Dimensions:12 cm (W) x 17 cm (H)


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