What Are the Different Bands of Clouds That Appear Across Jupiter and How Are the Bands On Jupiter Formed?

Some eighteen zones and belts can be identified by their different colors, brightness, spots, and rotation periods.

Zones are dark bands; belts are bright bands.

The main two are the North Equatorial Belt, at approximately 7° to 20° latitude, and the South Equatorial Belt, at approximately –7° to –21° latitude.

Both change in width, with the southern belt being the more variable one.

The clouds on Jupiter are blown into bands by 350mph winds caused by Jupiter’s rapid rotation.

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