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Jupiter in True and False Color

These color composite frames of the mid-section of Jupiter were acquired by the Cassini spacecraft on December 31, 2000. The frame on the left is a natural color composite yielding the color that Jupiter would have if seen by the naked eye. The right frame is composed of three images: two were taken through narrow band filters centered on regions of the spectrum where the gaseous methane in Jupiterís atmosphere absorbs light, and the third was taken in a red continuum region of the spectrum, where Jupiter has no absorptions. From images like these, the stratigraphy of Jupiterís dynamic atmosphere will be determined.

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