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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Polar Rays

Check out the rays radiating from the center of Jupiter's north pole.

Here is another view of the pole, and although it is conveniently blacked out, you can still see the bright polar vortex bleeding out past the edges.

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Polar Hole

NASA telescopes show that Jupiter has an arctic polar vortex that extends vertically from the stratosphere down into the top of the troposphere. These composite images of Jupiter's north polar region are from the Hubble Space Telescope (right) and the Infrared Telescope Facility (left).

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UV and X-ray Emanations

Hubble Space Telescope ultraviolet observations show ultraviolet flaring.

Chandra's X-ray image of Jupiter shows bright polar caps associated with auroral activity on Jupiter.

Here is a Hubble ultraviolet image of Jupiter's auroral emissions.

In this image are visible the uv emissions (blue) captured by Hubble overlaid with the x-ray emanations (red) by Chandra.

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Polar Censorship?

Are we perhaps victims of a campaign of censorship? It just seems all-too-convenient that the poles of these images are either missing or covered. Take for example this image of Jupiter's north pole which is a reconstruction of photos taken by Voyager 1 in 1979.
In this view of Jupiter's southern pole, constructed from images taken by the Cassini spacecraft in December, 2000, one can make out how the center of the image has been greyed out. But for what purpose? And to what end?

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