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Jupiter is continually being peppered with small space rocks, the atmosphere is changing colors in wide belts, hotspots are vanishing and reappearing, and clouds are gathering and dissipating over various regions.
On June 3rd, 2010, a comet or asteroid descended from the black of space, struck Jupiter's cloudtops, and disintegrated, producing a flash of light so bright it was visible in backyard telescopes on Earth.
Lost: A giant belt of brown clouds big enough to swallow Earth twenty times over - if found, please return to Jupiter.
It began with a furrowed brow, a moment of puzzlement, quickly dismissed.
Scientists have found evidence that another object has bombarded Jupiter, exactly 15 years after the first impacts by the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.
An international team of astronomers has discovered that Neptune's south pole is much hotter than the rest of the planet. They have published the first temperature maps of the lowest portion of Neptune's atmosphere, which show that this warm south pole is providing an avenue for methane to escape out of the deep atmosphere.
Backyard astronomers, grab your telescopes. Jupiter is growing a new red spot. Christopher Go of the Philippines photographed it on February 27th using an 11-inch telescope and a CCD camera.