observed on more than one occasion that the coloration and intensity of some segments of the belt resemble the appearance of the north equatorial belt. The belt is also often observed to be inconsistent in its width. In the most recent apparitions, some observers have noted that segments of the belt are often split, or double, and that its intensity can vary greatly.

During the 1999 apparition, the NTB was prominent and continuous. However, the belt can also be absent. By 2001, some segments of the NTB had become rather faint. Indeed, by December 2001, images taken by Ed Grafton revealed segments of the NTB that were mostly gray in coloration and as light in intensity as the north polar region. By January and February 2002, images by Ed Grafton, Maurizio Di Sciulla, and Donald Parker revealed that, while some segments of the

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