Juno was about 19,900 miles above Jupiter’s cloud tops
(NASA) – On this view of a vortex close to Jupiter’s north pole, NASA’s Juno mission noticed the glow from a bolt of lightning.
On Earth, lightning bolts originate from water clouds and occur most regularly close to the equator, whereas on Jupiter lightning possible additionally happens in clouds containing an ammonia-water answer, and could be seen most frequently close to the poles.
Within the coming months, Juno’s orbits will repeatedly take it near Jupiter because the spacecraft passes over the large planet’s evening aspect, which is able to present much more alternatives for Juno’s suite of science devices to catch lightning within the act.
Juno captured this view as Juno accomplished its thirty first shut flyby of Jupiter on Dec. 30, 2020.
In 2022, Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill processed the picture from uncooked knowledge from the JunoCam instrument aboard the spacecraft.
On the time the uncooked picture was taken, Juno was about 19,900 miles above Jupiter’s cloud tops, at a latitude of about 78 levels because it approached the planet.
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