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Fraser
2006-Aug-01, 10:14 PM
Astronomers from UC Berkeley used the massive W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii to capture this infrared image of Jupiter and its two massive storms: the Great Red Spot and the smaller Oval BA. The image was taken on July 20, using the telescope's adaptive optics system to sharpen the image. Scientists still aren't sure why the spots have turned red, but they think it might be that they dredge darker material up from deeper in the planet's atmosphere; when exposed to ultraviolet light from the Sun, this material turns red.

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2006/08/01/jupiters-great-red-spots/)