This is an image of Jupiter showing the various cloud shapes.
Click on image for full size
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.
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
includes issues of NESTA's quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist
, full of classroom activities on different topics in Earth and space science, ranging from seismology
, rocks and minerals
, and Earth system science
You might also be interested in:
This picture shows the Great Red Spot of Jupiter, in the center of the image. Swirling white clouds below, and to the right of the Great Red Spot, in this picture, are eddys. This image does not have...more
Among the cloud features in the atmosphere of Jupiter are white ovals. White ovals are a collection of many white clouds which are grouped together into an oval shape. They are found at almost any latitude...more
This is a picture of a brown barge. The accompanying clouds, next to the barge, look very similar to earth clouds. ...more
There are three regions in Jupiter's atmosphere, as shown in this picture, where clouds of a particular kind, or clouddecks, are to be found. There is a clouddeck of ammonia clouds, a clouddeck of ammonia...more
The white ovals seem to drift eastward faster than the underlying current which carries other cloud formations in the South Temperate Zone (STZ). Since their birth , the ovals have changed both their appearance...more
Motions, or currents in the interior of a gas-giant planet such as Saturn may be very different from the motions typical of the earth's interior. A second idea for the motions in the interior of a gas-giant...more
The king of planets is aptly named because it not only has the most dymanic atmospheric motion, but also the most riveting cloud patterns and storms, and the most majestic appearance of the giant planets....more
Clouds can come in all sizes and shapes, and can form near the ground or high in the atmosphere. Clouds are groups of tiny water droplets or ice crystals in the sky and are formed by different processes....more