While we’re all inspired by the launch of the Perseverance rover to Mars, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has given another spectacular insight into the deep jet streams of stormy Jupiter. The probe even saw a real explosion in the planet’s atmosphere.
(Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS)
This view of Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere from NASA’s Juno spacecraft includes several of the planet’s southern jets on the planet.
The Great Planet looks beautiful in the latest NASA image, only a glimpse of the Great Red Spot can be seen in sight. With the help of the JunoCam camera, civic scientist Tanya Oleksuik improved the photography of deep jet streams.
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, and as a gas giant, with stunning color variations, the surface will show spectacular storms. NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016, and the satellite was able to capture some spectacular images of a distant giant planet during that period.
The jet streams deepen far deeper than before
In the latest footage of Juno, the cult storm on the planet, known as the Great Red Spot, achieved a cameo look. The upper right is clear, creeping over the horizon. Scientists were able to learn from the evidence from the probe that these large jet streams penetrate farther into the planet than previously thought.
“Using data from Juno’s instruments, scientists have discovered that Jupiter’s powerful atmospheric jets are spreading far deeper than previously imagined,” NASA said in a statement.
A storm known as the Great Red Spot is still visible on the horizon, almost rotating out of sight, while Juno was accelerating about 30 miles per second (48 kilometers per second) from Jupiter, which is 160,900 kilometers per hour).
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What kind of bright explosion is that in Jupiter’s atmosphere?
Meanwhile, an instrument led by the Southwest Research Institute studying auroras on the Juno spacecraft accidentally saw a bright light over Jupiter’s clouds last spring.
An ultraviolet spectrograph (UVS) team analyzed the data and determined that the captured car was an incredibly bright meteoroid eruption in the gas giant’s upper atmosphere.
SwRI’s dr. Rohini Giles told SciTechDaily that Jupiter undergoes many bright explosions a year. Therefore, these explosions are not uncommon for Jupiter.
Giles, however, clarified that these explosions are so short-lived that their testimony is relatively rare. He added that amateur astronomers have managed to record six orbits of Jupiter in the last decade.
UVS has been used to investigate the morphology, brightness and spectral properties of Jupiter’s auroras since Juno arrived on Jupiter in 2016, as flying ships near the surface every 53 days. UVS observes the area of the planet during a 30-second revolution. Short-term, scattered ultraviolet emissions outside the auroral region were rarely marked by the UVS instrument, including a single occurrence on April 10, 2020.
As Juno is a rotating spacecraft, Giles said their discovery came from a brief snapshot of time. He said the point on the planet was observed by our instrument for only 17 milliseconds. He added that they did not indicate the cause of the flashing flash for longer than that time frame.
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