Jupiter’s Jet-Streams Are Unearthly

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Monday, March 12, 2018
Composite image, derived from data collected by the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument
Some spectacular images have been sent by NASA's spacecraft Juno of cyclones of mammoth proportions on Jupiter's north and south poles.

NASA says that Jupiter’s north and south poles contains a central cyclone, but it is surrounded by five cyclones with diameters ranging from 5,600 to 7,000 kilometers in diameter.

All of the cyclones have wind speeds of 350 km/h.

NASA said that way that the cyclones are arranged in a geometrical configurations are "unlike anything else encountered in our solar system."

Before Juno we had no idea what the weather was like near the north and south poles on Jupiter.

Juno is a NASA space probe orbiting the planet Jupiter. It was built by Lockheed Martin and is operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System. It is a giant planet with a mass one-thousandth that of the Sun, but two-and-a-half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined.

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