CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Monstrous cyclones are churning over Jupiter’s poles, up to now a largely unexplored area.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft saw the chaotic once again began skimming Jupiter’s cloud tops last year, surprising scientists who went out of the giant gas planet are relatively boring and even layer.
“What we find of everything, but that is the truth. It’s very different, very complex,” Southwest Research Institute’s Scott Bolton, Juno’s chief scientist, said Thursday.
With dozens of cyclones hundreds of miles across — in addition to being non-identifiable weather systems stretching thousands of miles — the poland nothing of Jupiter’s equatorial region, instantly recognizable by the stripes and the Great Red Spot, a raging hurricane-like storm.
“That is the Jupiter, we have all known and loved,” Bolton told reporters. “And if you look from the pole, it looks very different … I don’t think anybody would have guessed, this is Jupiter.”
He calls this first major findings — published on Thursday — “earth-shattering. Or should I say, Jupiter-shattering.”
Rotate counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere, as on Earth, the cyclones are clearly grouped near the poles. The diameters of some of these hurricanes piece of 870 miles (1,400 km). Even greater, though shapeless weather systems spread across many thousands of miles to be present in both polar regions.
Launched In 2011 in an orbit around Jupiter since last summer, Juno has been providing the best close-up views ever of our solar system’s largest planet. In addition to polar cyclones, Juno has found an overwhelming abundance of ammonia in Jupiter’s deep atmosphere and a surprisingly strong magnetic field — about 10 times greater than that of the Earth.
“The results of Juno’s first close passes of Jupiter is changing our understanding of this gas giant,” the researchers wrote in one of the two articles that appeared in the journal Science.
Jupiter poland seem to be very different from neighboring Saturn, according to the scientists, with nothing as the hexagonal cloud system in the course of Saturn’s north pole.
Researchers hope to compare Juno’s observations with those of NASA’ s Cassini spacecraft, in its final months in orbit around Saturn.