December 22, 2000 03:45 UT
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

Apparent diameter: 48"
Sys II CM: 55°
Sys I CM: 272°

The Great Red Spot (GRS) is fast approaching the central meridian (CM). It has become even more subdued in appearance in the last eleven months. A small oval with just a hint of pink is parked inside the southern border of the GRS. Otherwise, this storm which could encompass two Earths has a dull beige hue.

The North Equatorial Belt (NEB) features two large rifts cutting diagonally across from the Equatorial Zone (EZ) to the North Tropical Zone (NTrZ) through the NEB. One rift begins along the south border of the NEB between the preceding limb and the CM. This rift cuts diagonally toward the north border of the SEB, making that connection very near the CM. The other rift also runs diagonally from the south to north borders of the NEB, although its path appears more direct.

Jupiter December 4, 2000


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