Astronomers have discovered in the atmosphere of a gas giant unexpected forms of electrical discharges.
NASA took a fascinating spectacle with deep lightning on Jupiter. Photo appeared on the official website of the administration in Instagram.
Using data from the Juno mission scientists received stunning images with unexpected “sparks” on Jupiter. Scientists say that the photo proves the existence of the planet “shallow lightning”.
This unexpected form of electrical discharge is formed due to the unique water-ammonia solution.
Previously, scientists believed that Jupiter lightning, like earth, formed only during thunderstorms. But taken with flash fixed at heights where it is too cold for the existence of pure liquid water needed for thunderstorms.
“Looking for a spark in your life?” asked the experts in the comments to the photo. The gathered more than a million likes in a few hours.
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⚡Looking for a spark in your life? New results from our Juno mission suggest the planet is home to “shallow lightning.” An unexpected form of electrical discharge, shallow lightning comes from a unique ammonia-water solution. It was previously thought that lightning on Jupiter was similar to Earth, forming only in thunderstorms where water exists in all its phases – ice, liquid, and gas. But flashes observed at altitudes too cold for pure liquid water to exist told a different story. This illustration uses data obtained by the mission to show what these high altitude electrical storms look like. Understanding the inner workings of Jupiter allows us to develop theories about atmospheres on other planets and exoplanets! Illustration Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Heidi N. Becker/Koji Kuramura #ArtistConcept #LightningStorm #NASA #Jupiter #Juno #StormyWeather #Illustration