The mysteries of space storms have been revealed thanks to data obtained from the furthest probe, orbiting Jupiter.
Scientists predicted the possibility of the existence of the so-called “Jupiter lightning” for centuries, and these predictions were confirmed in 1979. However, although the data obtained by NASA spacecraft with Jupiter pointed out, of course, the presence of lightning storms, the scientists noted that it is much different from what happens on Earth.
Now, in a new article published in the journal Nature, NASA scientists from the mission Juno found that actually a storm on Jupiter is very similar to our own, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to zik.ua.
This discovery was backed up in the second article, published by a team of scientists of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, which presented the most famous record collection of lightning with a giant planet.
“No matter what planet you are from, lightning act as transmitters, sending radio waves when they penetrate the sky,” said Dr. Shannon brown, lead author of the first study from the jet propulsion laboratory of NASA.
When Juno flew by the planet in 2016, she used a wide range of highly sensitive instruments to record the emissions of a gas giant.
The first time you approach the planet, the spacecraft has recorded 377 of the lightning discharges, such as those that occur on Earth.
The resemblance of Jupiter to our planet was confirmed by a second study led by Dr. Ivana Kolpashovo, which revealed that lightning on Jupiter blow at a speed, such as those that occur during thunderstorms on Earth.
Dr. Kolmakova and her team published the largest database about creating low-frequency radio frequencies created by lightning around Jupiter.
This set of more than 1600 signals, which also was assembled using the tools of Juno, showed that the speed of a lightning strike is 6 times higher than the highest values recorded by Voyager 1.
While lightning on Jupiter is very similar to those observed on Earth, they also have certain differences.
Unlike earth, Jupiter’s lightning occur near the poles, but never near the equator. It is believed that this effect is due to differences in the distribution of heat on both planets.