Ammonia ice near Jupiterís Great Red Spot

Ammonia ice near Jupiterís Great Red Spot

Fig. 9.5 . A cloud of ammonia ice (light blue) is shown at the northwest (upper left) of the Great Red Spot (middle), inside its turbulent wake. The cloud was most likely produced by powerful updrafts of ammonia-laden air from deep within Jupiterís atmosphere. Reddish-orange areas show high-level clouds, yellow regions depict mid-level clouds, and green areas correspond to lower-level clouds. Darker areas are cloud-free regions. Light blue depicts regions of middle-to-high altitude ammonia ice clouds. This near-infrared image was taken on 26 June 1996 from the Galileo spacecraft. (Courtesy of NASA/JPL.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University