May 26, 2019

AstroEvent: The Return of the SEB?

Followers of this column know that Jupiter has appeared rather odd during this yearsí 2010 apparition. Specifically, the Southern Equatorial Belt, or SEB, vanished for the first time in the 21st century. This is not a unique or singular occurrence, as it happened no less than 12 times in the 20th century. Itís not completely understood why this happens, and why only the SEB is prone to this disappearing act and never its twin Northern Equatorial Belt. Now, thereís evidence that the SEB may be returning.

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