Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Celestial Mystery

Scientists are baffled. Jupiter has lost one of its belts.
It's like an interplanetary strip tease.
Jupiter slides behind the Sun for three months and comes out with a new do.

Jupiter was pictured this month (left) looking unusually bare, compared to July 2009 (right). It has lost its dark red Southern Equatorial Belt although scientists are unclear as to why. The pictures have different tones because they were snapped a year apart.

The band was present in at the end of last year before Jupiter ducked behind the Sun on its orbit. However, when it emerged three months later the belt had disappeared.

Jupiter also lost its pants and reported its wallet stolen.

Neptune and Uranus are suspects.

8 comments:

DeanO said...

That's wild and amazing - I think

TRESTIN MEACHAM said...

Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K.

sig94 said...

The more we learn the less we know.
Whoddathunk?

Subvet said...

It's Bush's fault!

sig94 said...

Bless you Subvet, I was waiting for the Final Solution To All That Troubles Us.

sig94 said...

To tell the truth, I can't tell; is that Jupiter or Jupiter's boobs?

USA_Admiral said...

Very interesting. I could never get tired of astronomy, The watching heavenly body thing.

Opus #6 said...

As long as the spot is still there, I'm satisfied.