Jupiter’s swirling clouds cap­tured

■ Nasa re­veals stun­ning im­age of ‘ oil paint­ing’ storms

The Asian Age - - Science+ Health -

about 4,400 miles ( 7,000 kilo­me­ters) from the planet's cloud tops, at a lat­i­tude of ap­prox­i­mately 40 de­grees north.

White ovals area large scale storm that is preva­lent in Jupiter.

White ovals can change their shape, mi­grate through the at­mos­phere, jos­tle each other for po­si­tion, and even even­tu­ally merge with each other. De­spite all of this, white ovals have been known to sur­vive for 40 years or more in Jupiter’s at­mos­phere — and can grow as large as Earth.

“A mul­ti­tude of mag­nif­i­cent, swirling clouds in Jupiter’s dy­namic North North Tem­per­ate Belt are cap­tured.”

It cap­tures the in­ten­sity of the jets and vor­tices in Jupiter’s North North Tem­per­ate Belt.

The clouds are likely to be made of am­mo­nia- ice crys­tals, or pos­si­bly a com­bi­na­tion of am­mo­nia ice and wa­ter.

Al­though the re­gion as a whole ap­pears chaotic, there is an al­ter­nat­ing pat­tern of ro­tat­ing, lighter­col­ored fea­tures on the north and south sides.

Sci­en­tists think the dark re­gions are places where the clouds are deeper, based on in­frared ob­ser­va­tions made at the same time by Juno's JIRAM ex­per­i­ment and Earth­based sup­port­ing ob­ser­va­tions.

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