I just received two images that will convince anyone that astronomical objects — especially planets — are not stale, dead places.
The second image shows Jupiter. Longtime contributor Christopher Go of Cebu, Philippines, sent this image he took December 15 at 10h04m UT. It shows the Great Red Spot (GRS) below center, the thick reddish North Equatorial Belt (NEB) stretching from left to right above center, and — appearing as a thin red line above the GRS — what astronomers think is the northern edge of the giant planet’s South Equatorial Belt (SEB).
Thanks to both Anthony and Christopher. Please keep the great images coming!
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