A Juno movie of cloud motions

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Cool image time! Citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt, using twelve Juno images, has compiled a short gif movie that shows a tiny amount of cloud movement.

I think this is one of the first times Juno has show us even a tiny bit of cloud evolution, information that is essential for gaining a true understanding of Jupiter’s slightly less than 2000 mile deep atmosphere. To see it, go to the link. As Eichstadt notes, “Individual images are noisy, but we see cloud motion.”

When you watch, zoom in on the upper right quarter. This is the area that the cloud motion is seen best.



  • Localfluff

    It’s funny that just looking at a planet (visited seven times before) from a new angle, would give such a surprising view.

    The depth of the atmosphere of 2,500 km is global average. Local storms might have deeper roots. They will try to detect that from gravitational measurements above the red spot. It’s kind of bad news that the atmosphere is isolated from the inner. Now it is even more inaccessible than expected.

  • Max

    Atmosphere nearly 2000 miles thick!
    Thicker atmosphere means higher temperatures. Wikipedia has already begun adjusting their numbers from 16,000 to 17,500°F at transition phase, core temperature from 50,000 to 65,000°F.
    Keep in mind, the surface of the sun (photosphere) is 9500°F, the temperature under Jupiters atmosphere is not only hot enough to melt any metal or substance, it’s hot enough to strip electrons from atoms creating a layer of plasma which is probably what’s driving the storms, and magnetic field.

  • Max

    I forgot to include the best part. If you hooked up to wires to a battery and place them on each side of a glass of water, you can make hydrogen and oxygen. ( I prefer 2 car batteries with a dash of salt in the water)
    Throw in some pepper, or dirt to watch the currents made near the anode and cathode. (The paper clips holding the wires) Now place a speaker magnet under the glass, all the water in the glass will now start to rotate. Flip the magnet over and the water will rotate in the opposite direction. Put the magnet on its side, and 2 vortices will begin to circulate. Place the magnet on the side of the glass, and the vortice will move to circulate from top to bottom stirring up the settlement.
    Point being, all you need is a current flow inside of a magnetic field to create a spinning storm. The higher the pH of the atmosphere, the more violent the storm.

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