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A NASA spacecraft circling Jupiter has captured the planet’s colourful electrical outbursts — ‘sprites’ and ‘elves’ — for the first time

NASA’s Juno spacecraft discovered that Jupiter’s atmosphere produces lightning-like electrical outbursts called transient luminous events. On Earth, these colourful lights occur during thunderstorms, when lightning strikes produce red tendrils called “sprites” or glowing disks called “elves” high above the clouds. Scientists predicted that Jupiter would have sprites and elves too, […]
A NASA spacecraft circling Jupiter has captured the planet’s colourful electrical outbursts — ‘sprites’ and ‘elves’ — for the first time
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NASA’s Juno probe has solved a 39 year-old mystery about Jupiter’s lightning

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has made an astonishing discovery about Jupiter‘s lightning strikes: They’re similar to Earth’s. Jupiter’s lightning is clustered in the polar regions, while Earth experiences lightning more frequently around the equator. It’s a longstanding mystery that could only have been solved with Juno. NASA’s Juno probe has unravelled […]
NASA’s Juno probe has solved a 39 year-old mystery about Jupiter’s lightning