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Giant Jupiter takes its turn

THIS INCREDIBLE VIDEO of Jupiter rotating on its axis was made from images taken between October 10 and 25, 2011, at the Pic du Midi Observatory in France.

The observing team used a Basler Scout Camera and the 1-metre telescope at the Observatory.

Jupiter is 11.2 times wider than the Earth, and 318 times more massive. It rotates on its axis in just under 10 Earth hours—faster than any other Solar System planet—and the cloud systems on the equator move faster than those of the poles.

Video courtesy S2P / IMCCE / OPM / JL Dauvergne / Elie Rousset / Eric Meza / Philippe Tosi / François Colas / Jean Pajus / Xavi Nogués / Emil Kraaikamp.

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