Amazing new photographs give a rare glimpse into what's going on under Jupiter's swirling clouds during the storms. The pictures show how the events disturb the colorful ribbons of the planet.
Radio wave images for the first time enabled scientists to look deeply into the atmospheric conditions under Jupiter's colorful ammonia clouds after an "energetic eruption" 50 kilometers below them had taken place. The eruptions are similar to the thunderstorms of the earth and may include lightning.
The radio wave image was created using data from the Atacama Large Millimeter / Submillimeter Array (ALMA) Telescope Group, which allowed researchers to create a "three-dimensional image of the distribution of ammonia gas under the clouds" stated Imke de Pater from the University of California, Berkeley.
The pictures show how Jupiter's weather systems are evolving, suggesting that storms on the layer's colorful ribbons destroy the surface of the planet and may even change their color.
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"If these feathers are strong and continue to have convective events, they can interfere with one of these bands over time, though this may take several months." de Pater added.
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