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Jupiter in 2015
Image Credit: +NASA, +European Space Agency, ESA, Amy Simon (GSFC), Michael Wong (UC Berkeley), Glenn Orton (+NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory-Caltech)
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap151024.html

Two remarkable global maps of Jupiter's banded cloud tops can be compared by just sliding your cursor over this sharp projection (or follow this link) of image data from the Hubble Space Telescope. Both captured on January 19, during back-to-back 10 hour rotations of the ruling gas giant, the all-planet projections represent the first in a series of planned annual portraits by the Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy program. Comparing the two highlights cloud movements and measures wind speeds in the planet's dynamic atmosphere. In fact, the Great Red Spot, the famous long-lived swirling storm boasting 300 mile per hour winds, is seen sporting a rotating, twisting filament. The images confirm that Great Red Spot is still shrinking, though still larger than planet Earth. Posing next to it (lower right) is Oval BA, also known as Red Spot Junior.
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This this high-resolution enhanced color image of Pluto was captured by our New Horizons spacecraft during its July 14 #PlutoFlyby. Pluto’s surface sports a remarkable range of subtle colors, enhanced in this view to a rainbow of pale blues, yellows, oranges, and deep reds. Many landforms have their own distinct colors, telling a complex geological and climatological story that scientists have only just begun to decode. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1NXtWb1 #NASABeyond
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This is an image of Pluto. Not an artist's interpretation, but an actual image. It's a testament to what humans can achieve when we truly work together.
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