View Full Version : Cassini sheds new light on Jupiter's stripes

8th March 2003, 10:26 AM
Rising Storms Revise Story Of Jupiter's Stripes (http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/press-releases-03/20030306-pr-a.cfm)

Pictures of Jupiter, taken by a NASA spacecraft on its way to Saturn, are flipping at least one long-standing notion about Jupiter upside down.

Stripes dominate Jupiter's appearance. Darker "belts" alternate with lighter "zones." Scientists have long considered the zones, with their pale clouds, to be areas of upwelling atmosphere, partly because many clouds on Earth form where air is rising. On the principle of what goes up must come down, the dark belts have been viewed as areas where air generally descends.

However, pictures from the Cassini spacecraft show that individual storm cells of upwelling bright-white clouds, too small to see from Earth, pop up almost without exception in the dark belts. Earlier spacecraft had hinted so, but not with the overwhelming evidence provided by the new images of 43 different storms.

8th March 2003, 12:08 PM
Obviously more proof that science is a failure! :) If the first theory wasn't perfectly correct and another comes along (with better data), then we have to conclude that science itself is defective, right? ;)

Gee, it must be comforting to believe in magic, where you can be sure that newer, better data will never be allowed to disrupt your ancient belief system...