Scientists are puzzled when the storms around Jupiter’s poles do not dissolve or merge but remain stable over long periods of time.
Storm cluster at the north pole of Jupiter. Photo: Space.
“We were surprised that the Jupiter pole is not like other planets. We have never seen anything like this neatly arranged storm cluster,” said Cheng Li, planetary scientist at the University of California Berkeley. , said. Li is also the author of the new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on September 7. According to the study, the stable position of the storm cluster depends on the depth and barrier layer of each storm.
When entering Jupiter orbit in 2016, NASA’s Juno spacecraft detected huge storms concentrated near the poles of the planet. At the north pole, eight storms are lined up around a central storm. The south pole has only 6 storms. Each storm is about 4,000-7,000 km wide. Up to now, they have remained in place for at least 4 years, counting from the time