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Why Uranus looks like a "bullseye"

The striped cloud bands on Uranus, like Jupiter, are divided into belts and zones.

On Uranus the belts and zones are hard to distinquish. The left picture shows the north pole of Uranus. In this picture only the hazes of the upper atmosphere can be distinquished. The right picture, which looks like a bullseye, is Uranus in false color, which brings out the belt and zone structure. For another picture of the belt and zone structure in false color, click here.


Last modified May 7, 2009 by Randy Russell.

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