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petegz28
05-12-2010, 11:41 PM
Jupiter has lost one of its iconic red stripes and scientists are baffled as to why.
The largest planet in our solar system is usually dominated by two dark bands in its atmosphere, with one in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern hemisphere.
However, the most recent images taken by amateur astronomers have revealed the lower stripe known as the Southern Equatorial Belt has disappeared leaving the southern half of the planet looking unusually bare.
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

Journalist and amateur astronomer Bob King, also known as Astro_Bob, was one of the first to note the strange phenomenon.
He said: 'Jupiter with only one belt is almost like seeing Saturn when its rings are edge-on and invisible for a time - it just doesn't look right.'
It is not the first time this unusual phenomenon has been noticed. Jupiter loses or regains one of its belts every ten of 15 years, although exactly why this happens is a mystery.


The planet is a giant ball of gas and liquid around 500million miles from the Sun. It's surface is composed of dense red, brown, yellow, and white clouds arranged in light-coloured areas called zones and darker regions called belts.

These clouds are created by chemicals that have formed at different heights. The highest white clouds in the zones are made of crystals of frozen ammonia. Darker, lower clouds are created from chemicals including sulphur and phosphorus. The clouds are blown into bands by 350mph winds caused by Jupiter's rapid rotation.

Noted Jupiter watcher Anthony Wesley, who spotted an impact spot on its surface last year, has tracked the disappearing belt from his back garden in Australia.

'It was obvious last year that it was fading. It was closely observed by anyone watching Jupiter,' he told The Planetary Society.
'There was a big rush on to find out what had changed once it came back into view.'
Mr Wesley said while it was a mystery as to what had caused the belt to fade, the most likely explanation was that it was linked to storm activity that preceded the change.
'The question now is when will the South Equatorial belt erupt back into activity and reappear?' Mr Wesley said.
The pattern for this happening is when a brilliant white spot forms in the southern zone. Gradually it will start to spout dark blobs of material which will be stretched by Jupiter's fierce winds into a new belt, and the planet will return to its familiar 'tyre track' appearance.
Jupiter will be closest to Earth on September 24, offering stargazers their best chance of seeing it without its stripe.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1277734/Jupiter-loses-stripes-scientists-idea-why.html

ClevelandBronco
05-12-2010, 11:45 PM
I lost a hat about three months ago. More than a coincidence?

Buck
05-12-2010, 11:46 PM
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/05/12/article-1277734-098A07DA000005DC-847_964x444.jpg

Crazy

It looks like the planet has rotated though. Maybe its only on one side.

petegz28
05-12-2010, 11:47 PM
I lost a hat about three months ago. More than a coincidence?

Ah, your hat is covering up the stripe!!!

Miles
05-12-2010, 11:48 PM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_s5VbWn787vA/S3N5pWoP6nI/AAAAAAAAAGw/g9M_Jkc6VLs/s400/Jupiter+Moons+Monolith.jpg

KCrockaholic
05-12-2010, 11:49 PM
Whut??

philfree
05-12-2010, 11:50 PM
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/05/12/article-1277734-098A07DA000005DC-847_964x444.jpg

Crazy

It looks like the planet has rotated though. Maybe its only on one side.

I doubt that's the same side of the planet there but it looks like to me two of the bands joined as one. :shrug: FWIW :little

Actutaly those planet views aren't even close to the same. Reminds me of my nads!




PhilFree:arrow:

DA_T_84
05-12-2010, 11:50 PM
HOORAYYY BEER

stlchiefs
05-12-2010, 11:51 PM
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/05/12/article-1277734-098A07DA000005DC-847_964x444.jpg

Crazy

It looks like the planet has rotated though. Maybe its only on one side.

What do you think the planet is round! ROFL

Baconeater
05-12-2010, 11:53 PM
Girls go to Jupiter to get stupider.

FAX
05-12-2010, 11:54 PM
Not good. Not good at all. Jupiter has been demoted.

That means Saturn is now in charge and he's friggin' crazy.

FAX

Pitt Gorilla
05-12-2010, 11:58 PM
I doubt that's the same side of the planet there but it looks like to me two of the bands joined as one. :shrug: FWIW :little:Temple of the Dog FTW!!!!!1

baitism
05-13-2010, 12:14 AM
Must be global warming.

Bwana
05-13-2010, 12:16 AM
We are DOOMED!


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SNR
05-13-2010, 01:00 AM
I just wish the rings around Uranus would finally disappear.

PornChief
05-13-2010, 01:58 AM
Girls go to Jupiter to get stupider.

always thought they went to Mars to get more bras

big nasty kcnut
05-13-2010, 02:26 AM
It's going thru puberty.

Pushead2
05-13-2010, 03:58 AM
http://i.space.com/images/jupiter-belt-fade-100513-02.jpg

:hmmm:: wonder what happened to the big red spot?

Tribal Warfare
05-13-2010, 04:09 AM
Zeus decided to let out a SBD fart and blew out his O ring.

Fish
05-13-2010, 04:46 AM
<object width="480" height="385">Normal rotation


<embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/YlD9ULiMz80&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></object>

FAX
05-13-2010, 07:44 AM
http://i.space.com/images/jupiter-belt-fade-100513-02.jpg

:hmmm:: wonder what happened to the big red spot?

The smartest scientists on the planet say that the Great Red Spot (or Kotexus Maximus as they prefer to call it) races around the Jovian atmosphere at a rate higher than the other clouds. So in these photos, it might be jamming out of sight, Mr. Pushead2. They also say that it changes color from time to time, so maybe it's there and we just can't see it. Jupiter's atmosphere is constantly changing just like ours, so eventually, the GRS will probably just go away. When that happens, scientists are planning a farewell party for the Great Red Spot featuring Great Red Hors D'oeuvres and punch.

FAX

Simply Red
05-13-2010, 07:58 AM
what pisses me off w/ this whole story, is; this has gone on for a while, yet you never hear anyone concerned of He-Man's disappearance. Because, he's been gone since like 1989ish, ya' know..?

Alton deFlat
05-13-2010, 08:20 AM
what pisses me off w/ this whole story, is; this has gone on for a while, yet you never hear anyone concerned of He-Man's disappearance. Because, he's been gone since like 1989ish, ya' know..?

I still think that damn Skeletor is behind He-Man's disappearance. Either that... or She-Ra sold him out.

Rain Man
05-13-2010, 08:32 AM
Stripes are out this year.

Reerun_KC
05-13-2010, 08:34 AM
Not only is global warming effecting the planet and the people on my intrawebs, but it is also causing jupiter to lose its rings! /Al Gore

RaiderH8r
05-13-2010, 08:35 AM
It's Bush's fault.

Had to be said. Carry on.

jidar
05-13-2010, 08:38 AM
Odd that this is a news story...
Jupiter is covered in super storms. While it's not understood precisely what it is causing the patterns in Jupiters atmosphere it's not surprising that it changes, it changes all the time.

Lonewolf Ed
05-13-2010, 08:49 AM
Must be global warming.

Damn you, Bush! It's affecting Jupiter now! :cuss:

Sofa King
05-13-2010, 08:51 AM
did anyone bother to ask the 3 wolves what they thought of this?

Red Beans
05-13-2010, 08:59 AM
Jupiter screwed up and got in a bar fight while one leave in Okinawa. Maimed a bouncer and raped a Komodo Dragon. They busted his ass back to private.

InChiefsHell
05-13-2010, 09:09 AM
Odd that this is a news story...
Jupiter is covered in super storms. While it's not understood precisely what it is causing the patterns in Jupiters atmosphere it's not surprising that it changes, it changes all the time.

DUDE, wtf is the matter with you?? Don't you get it?? The SOUTHERN BELT IS GONE! GONE I SAY!!!!

RaiderH8r
05-13-2010, 09:51 AM
Well, it may be gone now but the Obama administration inherited a mess. The belt was already well on its way to disappearing and despite the best efforts of the Democrat controlled Congress the party of "No" just would not allow the proper financial relief to pass through on the floor in an expedited fashion to ensure that the rings of Jupiter received the financial assistance they so desperately needed. TARP funding, unfortunately, was not enough and now we have lost the Souther Belt for eternity.

OR

The BP spill underscores the need to pass climate change legislation today. Not tomorrow, not next week but today. The wide spread effects of this terrifying, horrific, stupifying, knee buckling, pants shitting, life sucking, fear inducing, pandemic, epidemic, syphilitic, AIDS, scary spill is already being felt in the delicate, pristine, wonderful, awesome, super special, super serial, spectacular, sparkly, unicorn, ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico, maybe the Atlantic, probably the Pacific, perhaps through the Panama Canal, and we're pretty sure the Mediterrannean Sea is f'd so there will never be any chance to recover any where at any time whatsoever. Sea life is all but dead now. No chance of recovery. And now, now the impact is being felt by Jupiter's most fragile, delicate, virginal, flower ecosystem, the Southern Belt. Its extermination, passing, endangerment, was known by the Bush/Cheney regime when they held super secret, closed door, smokey room, non-transparent, barely transluscent, subtly audible, pretty shady meetings with energy executives, the Bilderbergs, Nazis, probably Hitler, maybe Elvis, the Illuminati, Colonel Sanders, and the people who did 9-11 in their effort to rule the world and divide the nation and deny the common people Hope AND Change. The Obamessiah can only do so much to avert these inherited disasters and, unfortunately, the ill effects of everything everybody else has ever done anywhere is coming down on the Obamessiah as he tries to implement his HopeNChange Vision for a world that is not ready to hear it. Much like Jesus, not that we're comparing him to Jesus, but he's Jesus.

Braincase
05-13-2010, 09:54 AM
Were there any reports of a court-martial?

Rausch
05-13-2010, 10:00 AM
DUDE, wtf is the matter with you?? Don't you get it?? The SOUTHERN BELT IS GONE! GONE I SAY!!!!

Fucking global warming/cooling...:shake:

Hog Farmer
05-13-2010, 10:02 AM
I'll bet there's a chinese dude up there with a meat clever.

Rausch
05-13-2010, 10:03 AM
I'll bet there's a chinese dude up there with a meat clever.

If anyone is up there it'll probably be them first...:cuss:

Alton deFlat
05-13-2010, 10:05 AM
That 2012 bullshit is getting curiouser and curiouser.

KurtCobain
05-13-2010, 10:05 AM
This has got to have something to do with Redrum's mom.

Garcia Bronco
05-13-2010, 10:12 AM
I doubt that's the same side of the planet there but it looks like to me two of the bands joined as one. :shrug: FWIW :little

Actutaly those planet views aren't even close to the same. Reminds me of my nads!




PhilFree:arrow:

LOL...gross

Sofa King
05-13-2010, 10:17 AM
That 2012 bullshit is getting curiouser and curiouser.

yeah... it appears as though they could get the year right... just the wrong planet....

ChiefGator
05-13-2010, 11:26 AM
I just wish the rings around Uranus would finally disappear.

I'm sorry to have to correct you, but it is not pronounced Your-Anus, but rather Urine-Us.

See how much cleaner it sounds the second way?

baitism
05-13-2010, 11:31 AM
Another plane just crashed into the southern belt!

InChiefsHell
05-13-2010, 11:35 AM
The Galaxy is on the Southern Belt...

gblowfish
05-13-2010, 11:36 AM
Maybe somebody told Jupiter that stripes are not slimming. Dark solids are much more appropriate for rotund planets.

Crush
05-13-2010, 11:41 AM
Jupiter didn't wrap it up, so now it has Space AIDS.

ChiefGator
05-13-2010, 11:46 AM
Jupiter didn't wrap it up, so now it has Space AIDS.

I think it crashed into the AIDS mountain.

morphius
05-13-2010, 11:51 AM
So weather can change greatly on planets without human involvement, hmmm.

InChiefsHell
05-13-2010, 01:30 PM
So weather can change greatly on planets without human involvement, hmmm.

Well, it's obviously the Jupiterians and their damn SUV's...

DMAC
05-13-2010, 01:52 PM
John Goodman poured antifreeze on it after the stripe would the whole thing.

There, now we have covered them.

Rooster
05-13-2010, 01:53 PM
So weather can change greatly on planets without human involvement, hmmm.

OH no.. There must be another reason.. There was no universe before humans.:D

Sofa King
05-13-2010, 02:44 PM
i know some people who could help..... for a small fee....


























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Pushead2
05-13-2010, 02:53 PM
Space AIDS huh :hmmm:

L.A. Chieffan
05-13-2010, 02:54 PM
You know whats crazy? That red spot alone is 3x the size of Earth.

Pushead2
05-13-2010, 02:56 PM
You know whats crazy? That red spot alone is 3x the size of Earth.

Jupiter is such an ugly planet...

Gadzooks
05-13-2010, 04:17 PM
Jupiter is such an ugly planet...

And a bad attitude to boot.
I would't hit Jupiter with your dick.

Lumpy
05-13-2010, 04:22 PM
Every time John Goodman dies, Jupiter loses a stripe.

BossChief
05-13-2010, 04:31 PM
Chuck Norris kicked the shit out of it.