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Observational history Time-lapse sequence from the approach of Voyager 1 to Jupiter Early astronomers, using small telescopes with their eyes as detectors, recorded the changing appearance of Jupiter’s atmosphere. [21] Their descriptive terms—belts and zones, brown spots and red spots, plumes, barges, festoons, and streamers—are still used. [21] Other terms such as vorticity, vertical motion, cloud heights have entered in use later, in the 20th century. [21] The first observations of the Jovian atmosphere at higher resolution than possible with Earth- based telescopes were taken by the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft. The first truly detailed images of Jupiter's atmosphere were provided by the Voyagers . [21] The two spacecraft were able to image details at a resolution as low as 5 km in size in various spectra, and also able to create "approach movies" of the atmosphere in motion. [21] The Galileo probe saw less of Jupiter's atmosphere, but at a better average resolution and a wider spectral bandwidth. [21]
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