This is an image of Jupiter showing the various cloud shapes.
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Jupiter Clouds, overview
Jupiter's appearance shows a striped pattern of clouds of white, brown, and orange, and the Great Red Spot. The Great Red Spot
is the largest of the cloud patterns on Jupiter. Other cloud shapes include eddy shapes
, white ovals
, brown ovals, and brown barges.
The eddies and white ovals are outlined in this picture, when shown at full size.
These clouds form in bands which move across the disk of Jupiter. The banded pattern of clouds, or stripes, is similar to those found on all the giant planets.
There are three clouddecks on Jupiter, and each one is composed of different molecules. There is a clouddeck of ammonia clouds, a clouddeck of ammonia hydrosulfide clouds, and a clouddeck of water clouds (H2O). These clouds are found in the troposphere of Jupiter.
Hazes of smog on Jupiter are to be found at very high altitudes above the clouds of Jupiter.
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