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Jupiter’s Rare Wave

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NASA/ESA/Goddard/UCBerkeley/JPL-Caltech/STScI
Watch this ultra high-definition video of Jupiter made by Hubble Space Telescope images taken each year. You can see that the Great Red Spot is getting smaller and more round--scientists measured that the long axis of the storm is about 150 miles shorter than it was in 2014. There’s also a rare wave in the northern latitudes, first seen by Voyager 2. These baroclinic waves only appear when they propagate above the clouds.

Heather Goss is the Departments Editor at Air & Space.

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