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Three dimensional Visualization of Jupiters Equatorial
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Three dimensional Visualization of Jupiter's Equatorial Region

March 19, 2003
This frame is a view to the west, from between the cloud layers and over the patchy white clouds to the east of the hotspot. This is probably an area where moist convection is occuring over large horizontal distances, similar to the atmosphere over the equatorial ocean on Earth. The clouds are high and thick, and are observed to change rapidly over short time scales.