Local Color Variability of Jupiter's Southern Hemisphere in Image #6184

2016-12-13 17:26 UT
Credit : NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt
Submitted By : Maquet-80
Mission Phase : PERIJOVE 1

This is another crop of an enhanced cylindirical, planetocentric map of image #6184, taken about an hour after PJ1. The post-processing removed most of the global color and brightness variability. It enhances local color and brightness variations.

Two rather dark brownish and slightly irregular-shaped patches in the left half of the image stand out. In the proximity of each, there is a respective large hurricane-like vortex structure, one of them yellow-brownish near the center of the image.

Near the vertical center of the image, there seems to be a circumpolar dark furrow or valley with some branches. Subtle linear haze structures, possibly circumpolar, too, seem to cover parts of the cloud top. Some of those linear haze features seem to associated with the FFRs in the southern half of the image, and possibly with the large whitsh vortical structures on approximately the same latitudinal zone. In the left quarter of the image, there seems to be a subtle linear haze strucure north of the furrow.

Noteworthy also the subtle irregular, but sharp, phase boundaries near, mostly north of the yellow-brownish vortex near the center of the image, and more....