Jupiter and Saturn, and lightning is likely on Venus, Uranus, and Neptune. Lightning is a sudden rush of electrically charged particles from one location to another. On Earth, drafts of colliding ice and water droplets usually create lightning-generating charge separation, but what happens on Jupiter? Images and data from NASA's Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft bolster previous speculation that Jovian lightning is also created in clouds containing water and ice. In the featured Juno photograph, an optical flash was captured in a large cloud vortex near Jupiter's north pole. During the next few months, Juno will perform several close sweeps over Jupiter's night side, likely allowing the robotic probe to capture more data and images of Jovian lightning.
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Publications with keywords: Jupiter - lightning
Publications with words: Jupiter - lightning
- Stereo Jupiter near Opposition
- APOD: 2023 November 14 Á Three Planets Rock
- Jupiter by Moonlight
- APOD: 2023 October 2 Á Sprite Lightning in High Definition
- APOD: 2023 September 18 Á The Red Sprite and the Tree
- APOD: 2023 June 13 Á Moons Across Jupiter
- APOD: 2023 May 24 Á Observatory Aligned with Moon Occulting Jupiter