SEB – 16×20

The planet Jupiter is lined with stripes, known as belts and zones.  These belts and zones are cloud formations and opposing jet streams, colored from sediment and debris picked up from the planet’s surface.  The Southern Equatorial is by far the most active region the planet, as it is home to its strongest retrograde jet stream. The SEB is usually the broadest, darkest belt on Jupiter and can fade entirely every 3 to 15 years before reappearing in what is known as an SEB Revival cycle.  In 2010, the belt disappeared in one of those cycles.  This piece commemorates the ever-changing appearance of one of the most permanent things in this universe.