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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