The raging storms of Jupiter’s south pole


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Cool image time! Below the fold I have embedded an animation that was assembled from 30 Juno images taken during its third orbital close approach of Jupiter. It is at first a little hard to watch, which is why I have not made it visible on the main page, but it is worth watching because it gives a real sense of how powerful and violent the storms are in the polar regions of the gas giant planet. Keep your eye especially glued to the storms near the center of the image. In a very short time that it took Juno to zip past Jupiter, less than a day, these storms rotated about one third. Remember too that each storm would probably cover at least half of the Earth’s surface.

We desperately need a fleet of weather satellites orbiting Jupiter to give us a continuous view of these storms. The knowledge gained about atmospheric weather patterns would be priceless.


Animation of Jupiter's south pole storms

2 comments

  • Max

    It’s easier to watch by zooming in. It’s fascinating to see that they’re all spinning in the same direction. Atmosphere with an electrical charge will spin in a magnetic field.

    I wonder if a study has been done if tornadoes and hurricanes with a higher pH are more violent and have more lightning strikes?
    Of course the more lightning flashes, the more of our air is turned into Ozone and nitrous oxide and nitric acid. Changing the pH naturally. EPA does not know this, this fertilizer run off is blamed on farms.

  • Max: More information about the features in this animation and about the storms that circle the pole can be found here.

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