This is not the first time that we have talked about the Juno Probe, now in its 37th orbit around Jupiter since it reached it in 2016. The discoveries in recent years have been different, for example Juno has allowed us to understand that the magnetic field of the planet is about ten times higher than that of the Earth, and this time he gave us the first images that reconstruct Jupiter’s atmosphere in three dimensions as well as a series of interesting new information .
“ The new observations made by Juno open up a treasure chest full of notions about the characteristics of Jupiter “, said Lori Glaze, director of planetology at NASA. For example, the surveys have made it possible to understand that many of the storms that are unleashed within the atmosphere extend beyond 100 kilometers under the clouds that hide its surface. The Great Red Spot, the anticyclonic storm which is also one of the most iconic elements on the planet, is notably deep 500 kilometres.
Images processed by NASA they also allow us to realize the dimensions of the Great Red Spot in relation to our planet , a sort of disk with a larger diameter than that of the Earth but much thinner.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is over 200 miles (350 km) deep, and its polar cyclones barely change location over time. New findings from our #JunoMission give a fuller picture of the planet’s turbulent atmosphere: https://t.co/tZX2MsKFLl pic.twitter.com/rRO1m01 gUg
– NASA (@NASA) October 000, 2021
In the future Juno could also help to understand how very strong winds are formed, up to 3 deep. 000 kilometers, which separate the red and white stripes which are one of the hallmarks of Jupiter.