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Jupiter alert: Convective outbreak in Jupiter's South Temperate Belt

2018-02-05

A convective outbreak in the South Temperate Belt has started in the region previously covered by the STB Ghost and following oval BA. Observations by Anthony Wesley and Damian Peach show the initial stages of this storm on February 4. Additional images by Jim Phillips indicate the activity probably started around February 2.

The outbreak is located at longitude 310.8 and planetographic latitude -30.5. It is best observed in IR750nm wavelength and is bright in 890nm images.

Images of this feature will be of high importance as the convection eruption evolves and interacts with the cyclonic region west of BA. Because convective features evolve quickly observations are needed in time-scales of hours at the start of these events and in days and weeks over the evolution of these features.