NASA’s Juno probe finds Earth-sized storms over Jupiter poles

WASHINGTON: Jupiter’s poles are covered with swirling storms that are densely populated and rub against each other, revealing the first scientific results of NASA’s Juno mission to the largest planet in our solar system.
“It leaves us perplexed as to how they could form, the stability of the configuration and the degree to which the north pole of Jupiter is not like the South Pole,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator at the Juno Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.
The results also showed that Jupiter’s magnetic field is even stronger than expected and more irregularly shaped.
Measures of the massive planet’s magnetosphere, studying the Juno magnetometer (MAG) show that the magnetic field has exceeded expectations in 7766 Gauss, about 10 times stronger than the strongest magnetic fields found on Earth.
“Juno gives us a view of the magnetic field around Jupiter we’ve never had before,” said Jack Connerney, Juno’s deputy principal investigator and leader of the mission’s magnetic field research at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Launched on August 5, 2011, Juno will enter the orbit of Jupiter July 4, 2016.
The results of the first data collection occurring, which flew in about 4,200 kilometers of Jupiter summits on the cloud rotating on August 27, were published in the journal Science.
Juno is also designed to explore the polar magnetosphere and source of Jupiter’s powerful auroras – its northern and southern lights.
These auroral emissions are caused by particles that collect energy, slamming into atmospheric molecules.
Juno’s initial observations indicate that the process seems to work differently from Jupiter than Earth.
“We are excited to share these early discoveries, which helps us better understand what makes Jupiter so fascinating,” said Diane Brown, NASA’s chief of Juno’s Washington program.
“It’s been a long journey to get to Jupiter, but these early results already prove it was worth the trip,” Brown said.
Juno is in a polar orbit around Jupiter, and most of each orbit has gone far from the gaseous giant.
But once every 53 days its path approaches Jupiter on its north pole, where it began a two-hour transit (from pole to pole) to the north fly south with eight scientific instruments collecting JunoCam data and advertising nearby chambers .
“In our next general overview July 11 we will go directly to one of the most emblematic features of the entire solar system – one that every schooler knows – Jupiter’s great red spot If someone goes to the bottom of this happens in these Gigantic clouds of crimson color, is Juno and the scientific instruments harmful to the clouds, “Bolton said.

WASHINGTON: Jupiter’s poles are covered with swirling storms that are densely populated and rub against each other, revealing the first scientific results of NASA’s Juno mission to the largest planet in our solar system.
“It leaves us perplexed as to how they could form, the stability of the configuration and the degree to which the north pole of Jupiter is not like the South Pole,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator at the Juno Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.
The results also showed that Jupiter’s magnetic field is even stronger than expected and more irregularly shaped.
Measures of the massive planet’s magnetosphere, studying the Juno magnetometer (MAG) show that the magnetic field has exceeded expectations in 7766 Gauss, about 10 times stronger than the strongest magnetic fields found on Earth.
“Juno gives us a view of the magnetic field around Jupiter we’ve never had before,” said Jack Connerney, Juno’s deputy principal investigator and leader of the mission’s magnetic field research at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Launched on August 5, 2011, Juno will enter the orbit of Jupiter July 4, 2016.
The results of the first data collection occurring, which flew in about 4,200 kilometers of Jupiter summits on the cloud rotating on August 27, were published in the journal Science.
Juno is also designed to explore the polar magnetosphere and source of Jupiter’s powerful auroras – its northern and southern lights.
These auroral emissions are caused by particles that collect energy, slamming into atmospheric molecules.
Juno’s initial observations indicate that the process seems to work differently from Jupiter than Earth.
“We are excited to share these early discoveries, which helps us better understand what makes Jupiter so fascinating,” said Diane Brown, NASA’s chief of Juno’s Washington program.
“It’s been a long journey to get to Jupiter, but these early results already prove it was worth the trip,” Brown said.
Juno is in a polar orbit around Jupiter, and most of each orbit has gone far from the gaseous giant.
But once every 53 days its path approaches Jupiter on its north pole, where it began a two-hour transit (from pole to pole) to the north fly south with eight scientific instruments collecting JunoCam data and advertising nearby chambers .
“In our next general overview July 11 we will go directly to one of the most emblematic features of the entire solar system – one that every schooler knows – Jupiter’s great red spot If someone goes to the bottom of this happens in these Gigantic clouds of crimson color, is Juno and the scientific instruments harmful to the clouds, “Bolton said.