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Jupiter's Little White Spot Turns Red

timothy posted more than 7 years ago | from the time-for-space-prom dept.

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Feelyat writes "NASA is reporting that a small storm that formed on Jupiter last year has changed color from white to red. According to an article in Yahoo News, scientist Amy Simon-Miller speculates that the storm might have gained strength as it decreased in size, similar to how 'spinning ice skaters go faster when they move their arms closer.' She says that the storm has probably 'picked up red material from lower in the Jupiter atmosphere, most likely some form of sulfur which turns red as part of a chemical reaction ...' Well, we might be one planet down, but our Solar System can still surprise."

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We Need to Do Something (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410669)

Science: Jupiter's Little White Spot Turns Red
Look, I've read about this guy [wikipedia.org] , and we do not want to piss him off.

Ok, we have Gold Bond Medicated Powder [goldbond.com] , we have astronauts, let's get up there and fix this!

stfu (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16410747)

n00b

Re:We Need to Do Something (4, Funny)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410931)

Jupiter has a zit!!!!

Re:We Need to Do Something (1)

diersing (679767) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411089)

DON'T TOUCH IT!!! When it turns back to white, THEN it's ready to pop.

Re:We Need to Do Something (4, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 7 years ago | (#16412349)

"Jupiter has a zit!!!!"

I didn't think this would happen until the planet crossed into the constellation Herpes.

Re:We Need to Do Something (1)

Compaq_Hater (911468) | more than 7 years ago | (#16412677)

Or it could be a Cancerous tumor !, quck better get a planet Doctor in there to Biopy it stat before it's too late.

CH

Re:We Need to Do Something (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16410957)

> Ok, we have Gold Bond Medicated Powder, we have astronauts, let's get up there and fix this!

The Gold Bond is for the male astronauts to cover their testicle sacks with, yes?

Not Gold Bond (1, Interesting)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410971)

Castor oil would be better.

Re:We Need to Do Something (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16412073)

Look, I've read about this guy, and we do not want to piss him off.

Don't worry. He just met Ganymede, that's all. People do turn red when in love ;-)

Re:We Need to Do Something (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16413021)

Why Gold Bond? What we need is Clear Eyes [cleareyes.com] . Clear Eyes is awesome. It removes redness and swelling faster than the leading brand. In fact, this guy [wikipedia.org] would be the perfect ambassador to send on this mission. Now only if the solution was this easy for Martians...

I'm suprised someone (0, Flamebait)

p51d007 (656414) | more than 7 years ago | (#16416789)

hasn't tried to pin it on Bush, Cheney, Karl Rove or some other "evil" republican. That seems to be the norm on liberal blogs anymore.

Yesterday's News, but how about comet SWAN? (5, Informative)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410681)

Read all about it before the Lidle crash took the top spots on Google News. It's interesting, but really, Jupiter is always up to something with that turbulent atmosphere. Streams of spots have appeared in the past and vanished again. [space.com] This will probably hang around for a bit and then go the way of other spots.

Meanwhile, there's Comet C/2006 M4 (SWAN) [nasa.gov] , which is near it's peak magnitude, visible just after sunset which is my primary viewing target [heavens-above.com] this weekend. It's going to be around until early December, but at declining magnitudes.

Ob ISR Post:

In Soviet Russia little reds spot YOU!

you hear the ghost of Bill Goodwin ellaborating on swan, the new white floating comet

Re:Yesterday's News, but how about comet SWAN? (1)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410789)

Yeah, I agree. this should be the leda text.

I bet (-1, Flamebait)

also-rr (980579) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410711)

That the next colour is blue. It's the only way they could get Bush to fund the the space programme you see... the Pointless American TRIO (of colours) Trip Act.

Re:I bet (2, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410761)

That the next colour is blue. It's the only way they could get Bush to fund the the space programme you see... the Pointless American TRIO (of colours) Trip Act.

Well, it is campaign season in the US and wind velocity has certainly increased and swirled between Capitol Hill and Florida, spinning, ever spining. But you know Bush doesn't want to see a Blue State on Jupiter. Or was astrology more the forte of the Reagans?

Re:I bet (1)

bunions (970377) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410995)

No, I think one more red planet is good for Bush. I don't think he'd be happy with more blue planets.

Space day? (1)

cbelle13013 (812401) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410715)

Is is space day on Slashdot?

Re:Space day? (1)

johnsmith_12345 (921258) | more than 7 years ago | (#16415119)

Everyday is Space Day on Slashdot.

slashdot needs to check its demographic (4, Funny)

sentientbrendan (316150) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410731)

for most of us, these are not local weather conditions.

An insult to Jupitarians! (4, Funny)

hellfire (86129) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411013)

Once again, a rude slashdotter assumes the only people who read slashdot are white male human computer geeks living in the United States. As a purple hermaphroditic Jupitarian meteorological geek living on Europa, I find your comment distasteful and thoughtless. When are you going to learn, you narrow-minded Terrans?!?!

Re:An insult to Jupitarians! (3, Informative)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411281)

Not to nitpick as you are the native, but should not that be Jovian, as opposed to Jupitarian?
-nB

Re:An insult to Jupitarians! (1)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411355)

What do you know? Do you speak fluent Giovic?

Re:An insult to Jupitarians! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16411283)

As a purple hermaphroditic Jupitarian meteorological geek living on Europa

Ugh! Eurotrash.

Re:An insult to Jupitarians! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16412325)

As a purple hermaphroditic Jupitarian meteorological geek living on Europa

Now that's hot... You interested in a date?

Re:An insult to Jupitarians! (1)

pangu (322010) | more than 7 years ago | (#16412391)

We don't care about Europa, we aren't going to land there anyway.

Re:An insult to Jupitarians! (1)

Compaq_Hater (911468) | more than 7 years ago | (#16412733)

Yeah, after all we know that somtime in 2010 it is going to be renovated and turned in to a Sun.
CH

Re:An insult to Jupitarians! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16412585)

Watch your mouth, Europan! Jupitarian is derogatory and should never be used in polite society. We prefer to call ourselves Jovian.

But it's our responsibility! (2, Funny)

Roadkills-R-Us (122219) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411795)

This is undoubtedly mankind's fault for sending probes
to other planets. I bet we melted the Martian polar ice
caps as well. My relatives back on Mars are pretty pissed
about that; I bet they retaliate soon.

Re:slashdot needs to check its demographic (2, Funny)

boojum.cat (150829) | more than 7 years ago | (#16412851)

for most of us, these are not local weather conditions.
No kidding. 400 mph -- what's that, a category 43 storm?

Atmospheric turbulence (4, Informative)

BWJones (18351) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410759)

So, we've known for some time about the potential for atmospheric mixing in the Jovian atmosphere. In a way, I guess this would have been expected. For an animation of the Great Red Spot and its turbulence, click here [utah.edu] and scroll down.

Re:Atmospheric turbulence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16416415)

(.)-(O)!

Uh oh (4, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410785)

I just got an email from blackmonolith@langrangepoint.jupiter.com that says:

ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS EXCEPT EUROPA
ATTEMPS NO LANDING THERE
USE THEM TOGETHER
USE THEM IN PEACE

It's all in caps though, so it's probably spam...

Re:Uh oh (1, Funny)

iggymanz (596061) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411047)

if Jupiter has acquired one of those monolith WMD we must invade and liberate it

Re:Uh oh (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16411075)

just got an email from blackmonolith@langrangepoint.jupiter.com that says: ...
It's all in caps though, so it's probably spam...



ALL THESE DRUGS ARE YOURS EXCEPT V14GR4
ATTEMPT TO BUY IT HERE!
USE THEM TOGETHER
USE THEM LONG TIME


hmm, crappy post. let's make this anonymous.

Re:Uh oh (1)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411341)

Dude, I just watched 2010 last night!
What timing!

I'm waiting for blackmonolith@langrangepoint.europa.com before I accept it as not spam though :)
-nB

Re:Uh oh (1)

mgblst (80109) | more than 7 years ago | (#16420351)

Yeah, I wonder what the chances of that are? Considering there are about a million geeks reading this, and geeks are only going to watch a small subet of all the movies out there. And there are stories about Jupiter every couple of weeks...wow, astronomical.

Go buy a lottery ticket!

Re:Uh oh (1)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411869)

One of the most masterful reinterpretations of the end of 2010 is this: http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=182038 &cid=15049398 [slashdot.org]

ALL THESE WORLD ARE BELONG TO YOU EXCEPT EUROPA
ATTEMPT NO SET YOU DOWN THERE
USE THEM TOGETHER
IN TIME MAKE YOUR PEACE
HA HA HA HA

Re:Uh oh - reinterpretation of a reinterpretation (2, Funny)

poopie (35416) | more than 7 years ago | (#16413299)

IN AD 2010
war was ending

Dr. Chandra: What happen?
HAL: Somebody set up us the monolith
HAL: We get signal, Dave
Dr Chanrda: What?!
HAL: Main screen turn on
Dr Chandra: it's you!
Dave: How are you gentlemen?
Monolith: All your Europa are belong to us
Monolith: Land there are you are on the way to destruction
Dr Chandra: What you say!!
Monolith: You have chance to make your peace
Dave: Ha Ha Ha Ha
Monolith: Take off every other planet together
Dave: Take off every Leonev
Dr. Chandra: Move Leonev
Hal: For great justice

Re:Uh oh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16413011)

exactly what I thought when I saw that pic

Re:Uh oh (1)

PateraSilk (668445) | more than 7 years ago | (#16413965)

Shouldn't Jupiter have a top-level domain? blackmonolith@L2.jupiter

Re:Uh oh (1)

mortonda (5175) | more than 7 years ago | (#16415015)

More to the point, TCP/IP will timeout before getting to Mars, much less Jupiter.

Re:Uh oh (1)

snarkth (1002832) | more than 7 years ago | (#16418845)

It's all in caps though, so it's probably spam...

    So... does SETI run spamassassin on potential messages? Do they have any false positives? Or does the spellchecker reject it outright?

  *snark*

Title??? (5, Informative)

Spez (566714) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410795)

FTA (emphasis mine):

The Little Red Spot's winds, now raging up to approximately 400 miles per hour, signal that the storm is growing stronger, according to the NASA-led team that made the Hubble observations. The increased intensity of the storm probably caused it to change color from its original white in late 2005, according to the team

It turned red last year and now its just stronger. Please editors RTFA!!!

Sick (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16410851)

When it turns red like that, it means it is infected. Call a doctor.

Re:Sick (2, Funny)

Ignignot (782335) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411491)

No, it is blushing!

ONE planet down? (1)

IntelliTubbie (29947) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410903)

Well, we might be one planet down, but our Solar System can still surprise.

Uh, Mars?

Cheers,
IT

Re:ONE planet down? (1)

Odin_Tiger (585113) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411037)

I think by 'one planet down' they meant one fewer, as in, Pluto no longer being a planet. ;)

Re:ONE planet down? (1)

Servo (9177) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411201)

I thought they re-instated Pluto and added a 10th planet?

Re:ONE planet down? (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411669)

No, the Tenth Planet [wikipedia.org] would be Mondas. Just watch out for the Cybermen if you go there.

Re:ONE planet down? (1)

jd (1658) | more than 7 years ago | (#16414619)

It's ok. Those cybermen are all in bodystockings and have been subjected to endless reruns of Up Pompeii. It's the cybermen with the air-conditioning unit on the chest that you've got to watch for.

Re:ONE planet down? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16414501)

No, see, if you're an astronomer, we now officially have 8 planets and 3 dwarf planets, and if you're a linguist, we have 11 planets, because dwarf planets are planets, and if you're neither, then whenever you question authority you have to remember that the people with PhDs now assert that some planets are more equal than others.

Re:ONE planet down? (1)

macpulse (823760) | more than 7 years ago | (#16415465)

I'm pretty sure it is still up for debate. I say leave Pluto alone dangit!

Blood of the Jupiterians? (0, Offtopic)

sottitron (923868) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410913)

Once winds get up that high, nobody can hang on and they just get all mashed up into a pulp of hair teeth and eyeballs. Oh and lots and lots of blood. Those poor poor people. Somewhere Yoda just said "a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced..."

Re:Blood of the Jupiterians? (0, Offtopic)

nebaz (453974) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411129)

They prefer to be called Jovians.

Re:Blood of the Jupiterians? (2, Funny)

SomeoneGotMyNick (200685) | more than 7 years ago | (#16413221)

They prefer to be called Jovians.

And if we see this Jovian carnage take place, do we call ourselves Jovians Witnesses?

My theory (1)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | more than 7 years ago | (#16410999)

I think it was caused by increased industrial emissions by the planet's richest countries.

Re:My theory (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16412683)

Rather, Jupiters terror alert level just increased.

uh oh (1)

hyperstation (185147) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411019)

she's in heat!

Oh no! (1)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411063)

Changed color from white to red

Why does this always happen on a Thursday? I'd recommend putting some cream on that, it should disappear by tomorrow, just in time for Ashley's party too (Jordan will be there, he's well yummy). Don't squeeze it though, that'll leave a scar.

A troll-prone day today... (1)

mi (197448) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411091)

Levees are bursting on Jupiter, and the increase in the number of hurricanes has been directly linked to the SUV-related climate changes brought to you by the evil corporationy Corporations.

Jovian scale SUV? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411185)

Levees are bursting on Jupiter, and the increase in the number of hurricanes has been directly linked to the SUV-related climate changes brought to you by the evil corporationy Corporations.

If there's a Jovian scale SUV, Arnold will want one, bugger the new California green-house gas laws.

First Pluto Now This... (0, Offtopic)

slipnslidemaster (516759) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411143)

First Pluto isn't a planet NOW Jupiter doesn't have a single red spot??!??!

Boy I can't wait to see the teeshirts and protests on this one.

What else is going to change in the universe? What...a new president every four years? New Pepsi??? When does it end?!??!

Re:First Pluto Now This... (1)

avirrey (972127) | more than 7 years ago | (#16412611)

Unfortunately, Jupiter will soon be clasified as a Multi-storma-toid and not a planet. By definition (which will be in an addendum, because they always are) can have a max of 1 (one!) red spot. Any subsequent spots forming will automatically disqualify it as a planet. Good bye babe, better luck next time.
============
I can put what I want here.

Re:First Pluto Now This... (1)

slipnslidemaster (516759) | more than 7 years ago | (#16412933)

I believe that we need to come up with a new definition for what makes up a storm. Obviously this is NOT a storm but actually a DWARF storm.

Re:First Pluto Now This... (1)

avirrey (972127) | more than 7 years ago | (#16413045)

=( I didn't say it was a storm... I said it was a spot (o.O)
=======
"Bah -- Humbug!"

Re:First Pluto Now This... (1)

slipnslidemaster (516759) | more than 7 years ago | (#16413287)

Well then...DWARF spot...

Obligatory (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16411169)

That's no planet. It's a space station.

And it's ready to fire - Oh Noes!

I've hear of that.... (0, Offtopic)

revery (456516) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411213)

I've heard of that, I think it means it has TB.

Little Spot's Visitor (2, Funny)

GrayCalx (597428) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411219)

It just the little spot's monthly visitor. Probably why its been nagging the Big Red Spot so much recently. Just give her a couple days to herself; go fishing or visit that college friend in the next town over. Once you get back everything will be back to normal.

What's that smell? (1)

davido42 (956948) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411305)

What is the smell of a gas giant farting? (red sulphur, mmm)

Who needs a wimpy planet like Pluto when you have Jupiter? Jupiter kicks extraterrestrial ass!


BitWorks Music - recommended by 4 out of 5 aliens [bitworksmusic.com]

Apparently it's been going on for a while (2, Interesting)

Tarlus (1000874) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411403)

Looking at those pictures of Jupiter, they're dated back to April 8th and 16th of 2006.

It makes me wonder... Why did NASA wait half a year before making this public? What's going on with Jupiter right now?

Re:Apparently it's been going on for a while (2, Funny)

mr_matticus (928346) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411559)

What's happening with Jupiter right now? It ate Pluto, forever ending the debate over its planetary status.

Re:Apparently it's been going on for a while (1)

Tarlus (1000874) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411899)

I guess that would be one way to solve it.

Re:Apparently it's been going on for a while (1)

Gospodin (547743) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411645)

Clearly they want to influence the elections.

Discovered by an amateur (2, Insightful)

burris (122191) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411581)

Christopher Go of Cebu City Philippines discovered earlier this year that Oval BA turned red. Chris is one of the world's premier amateur planetary imagers. Check out his page dedicated to Red Jr. [redspotjr.com] .

Even in the day of the great orbiting observatories and huge ground based intereferometers, there is still room for amateurs working with modest equipment to make discoveries.

Jovian Global Warming (1)

CheeseburgerBrown (553703) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411677)

REUTERS - Jupiter System - Dirty hippie environmentalists all across the globe are rallying this morning in an appeal to Primal Fuxquot Xorquon to reverse her policy on atmospheric pollutants. The office of the Primal Fuxquot declined to comment, but StripePeace spokesthings stated that, "This escalation in extreme weather phenomena is a direct result of the Xorquon Administration's invasion of Io."

Ionese vapour, which tends to gather at LaGrange points, has been diffusing into the upper Jovian atmosphere for decades. Administration officials insist this gaseous mixing is a natural process, while environmental activists maintain that the corrosive bleed-off is a direct result of increased industrial activity on the occupied moon.

"When will the madness end? Will it take another Great Red Spot?" demanded chief hippie Starshine at a press conference this morning.

Scientists are divided on the matter, but a recent conference at Europa issued a position paper stating in clear terms that a majority of researchers believe atmospheric stabilization is the result of hiccoughs in the orbits of the inner pebble planets. A solution would involve billions of zoltots of spending and could encompass projects as ambitious as wiping out all Earthlings.

When pressed for comment the Earthlings this reporter was able to contact screamed and ran in terror. Updates as they develop.

Mis-spelling (1)

Anomalyst (742352) | more than 7 years ago | (#16414519)

You mis-spelled zotlots. This kind of error is frequently reduced by frobbing with just 1 tentacle.

Obligatory.... (1)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411721)

EVERYBODY PANIC!!!!!

Thankfully, there are no red spots on Uranus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16411807)

and that joke will never get old. It's just impossible.

Has it also gone... (0, Offtopic)

Heliode (856187) | more than 7 years ago | (#16411881)

...from suck to blow?

MOD THE PARENT UP! (1)

Demon-Xanth (100910) | more than 7 years ago | (#16412881)

A classic Spaceballs quote cannot go de-modded.

"Tragedy is when I cut my finger, comedy is when you fall into an open manhole and die."
--Mel Brooks.

The body! (0, Troll)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | more than 7 years ago | (#16412173)

So that's where Hans hid Nina's body.

flash (2, Funny)

rezac (733345) | more than 7 years ago | (#16412217)

The red-eye flash on the Hubble must be burnt out.

Jupiter is (in) my pants (1)

xzqx (866110) | more than 7 years ago | (#16412319)

Funny. The little white spot in my underwear just turned to a little red spot today.

Re:Jupiter is (in) my pants (0, Flamebait)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 7 years ago | (#16413041)

I guess you're a big girl today. Congratulations.

Re:Jupiter is (in) my pants (0)

Khyber (864651) | more than 7 years ago | (#16413047)

You might want to go see a doctor for that!

We all know why (1)

f4hy (998452) | more than 7 years ago | (#16412343)

Global warming. Our green house gases have increased the size of storms even on other planets.

Oh shit! (0)

mazarin5 (309432) | more than 7 years ago | (#16413087)

The white spot on Jupiter turned red? I can't afford another kid right now!

Re: Jupiter's Little White Spot Turns Red (1)

alexo (9335) | more than 7 years ago | (#16413499)


I'd suggest consulting a dermatologist.

Must... Fight... Bad.. Uranus... Spot... jokes... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16414121)

And man, does Uranus have spots!

Well, at least it is the spot on Jupiter (2, Funny)

twmcneil (942300) | more than 7 years ago | (#16414349)

... and not the spot on Uranus.

Ding! (1)

Barlo_Mung_42 (411228) | more than 7 years ago | (#16414429)

Jupiter is done!
Come get it while it's hot!

i wonder if... (1)

justo (2858) | more than 7 years ago | (#16414915)

it has something to do with jupiter's aurora [wikipedia.org] (beautiful, isn't it?)

Not down but up (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16415549)


To the original poster:

  We have ten planets in our solar system. Since you can't count, I'll do it for you.

1. Mercury
2. Venus
3. Earth
4. Mars
5. Jupiter with new red spot.
6. Saturn, where the name Saturday came from.
7. Uranus
8. Neptune
9. Pluto, Dewarf PLANET.
10. Eris, Largest Dewarf Planet.

product (RED) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16415661)

Its Oprah and the Product (RED) people. This will help cut down AIDS in Africa. http://www.joinred.com/ [joinred.com]

I know what really caused it (1)

Wizzerd911 (1003980) | more than 7 years ago | (#16415725)

obviously global warming is increasing the storm's intensity :-P Stop driving your SUVs people or Mercury might get hotter too!

Actually... (1)

fonetik (181656) | more than 7 years ago | (#16415963)

...I think this means that Jupiter is pregnant.

King of Pain... (1)

mloco (1005529) | more than 7 years ago | (#16416637)

There's a little red spot on Jupiter today, It's the same old thing as yester... Wait a minute. You mean it was *white* yesterday? :) Cheers, Mark

Stupidity, or stupidity? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16418335)

"Well, we might be one planet down, but our Solar System can still surprise."

I want to shoot whoever wrote that sentence.
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