3/20/2013

Bright "hot spots" in Jupiter's atmosphere may actually be clearings in the planet's cloudy skies, possibly revealing a glimpse of its water clouds, according to findings published in the journal Icarus. Researchers pieced together 13-year-old images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft to study the shape and movements of the hot spots, named because they appear as bright spots in infrared images. "This is the first time anybody has closely tracked the shape of multiple hot spots over a period of time, which is the best way to appreciate the dynamic nature of these features," said researcher David Choi.

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