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May 22, 2008 11:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-23

New Red Spot Appears on Jupiter

May 22, 2008: In what's beginning to look like a case of planetary measles, a third red spot has appeared alongside its cousins the Great Red Spot and Red Spot Jr. in the turbulent Jovian atmosphere. This third red spot, which is a fraction of the size of the two other features, lies to the west of the Great Red Spot in the same latitude band of clouds. The visible-light images were taken on May 9 and 10 with Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Wong and I. de Pater (University of California, Berkeley)