Scientists may have solved the mystery of Jupiter's colourful bands. The gas giant Jupiter's famous bands of cloud have been observed by astronomers for more than 100 years, but until now scientists have not been sure how accurately they reflect what was happening deep inside the planet.
A NASA spacecraft has captured the best views of Jupiter yet, revealing turbulent storms in the north pole. Jupiter's northern polar region is stormier than expected and appears bluer than the rest of the planet, said mission chief scientist Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. "This image is hardly recognizable as Jupiter," he said in a statement.