Summary of Historical Data: Interpretation of the Pioneer and Voyager Cloud Configurations in a Time-Dependent Framework

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Science  01 Jun 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4396, pp. 948-951
DOI: 10.1126/science.204.4396.948


Ground-based imaging of Jupiter at visible and infrared wavelengths has been used to build up a time sequence of cloud feature variations. The global cloud configuration seen by Voyager 1 appears markedly different than that seen by Pioneer 10 and 11. In the context of historical data, these two different cloud distributions are not unique but part of a continuous spectrum of global variations. The most recent global changes occurred in a pattern which has been a characteristic trend observed many times before.