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Jupiter's Hot Spots

Jupiter's bright Equatorial Zone swirls with dark patches, dubbed "hot spots" for their infrared glow. These holes in the ammonia clouds at the top of the atmosphere allow a glimpse into Jupiter's darker, hotter layers below. In 1995 NASA's Galileo spacecraft dropped a probe directly into a hot spot, taking the first and only in situ measurements of Jupiter's atmosphere. Now, movies recorded by NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal that hot spots are not just local weather phenomena, but are in fact linked to much larger-scale atmospheric structures called Rossby waves.
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NASA postdoctoral fellow David Choi discusses his study of dark features in Jupiter's atmosphere called    NASA postdoctoral fellow David Choi discusses his study of dark features in Jupiter's atmosphere called "hot spots," and their connection to large-scale atmospheric waves.

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Animation Number:11204
Animators:Tom Bridgman (GST) (Lead)
 Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)
 Ernie Wright (USRA)
 Trent L. Schindler (USRA)
 Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC)
Video Editor:Dan Gallagher (USRA)
Interviewee:David Choi (Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU))
Producer:Dan Gallagher (USRA)
Scientist:David Choi (Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU))
Videographer:Rob Andreoli (AIMM)
Platform/Sensor/Data Set:Cassini/Imaging Science Subsystem
Series:Narrated Movies
Goddard TV Tape:G2012-099 -- Jupiter's Hot Spots
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SVS >> Atmosphere
SVS >> Galileo
SVS >> Infrared
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NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
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