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NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures photo of lightning glow on Jupiter during close fly-by of gas giant world


NASA has begun to launch images taken by the spacecraft Juno throughout its thirty first shut flyby of Jupiter in late 2020. 

A photograph launched Thursday reveals a vortex close to the fuel large’s north pole with an observable glow from a bolt of lightning. 

Lightning as seen on Jupiter’s north pole.  (NASA)

The company famous that lightning bolts on Jupiter, very like they do on Earth, happen in clouds containing an ammonia-water resolution and are seen most frequently close to the poles. 

The lightning picture was captured as Juno was finishing its thirty first shut flyby of Jupiter on Dec. 30, 2020. Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill processed the picture from uncooked knowledge from the JunoCam instrument aboard the spacecraft in 2022. 

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When the lightning picture was taken, the spacecraft was almost 20,000 miles above Jupiter’s cloud tops, at a latitude of 78 levels whereas approaching the planet. 

Juno’s orbits will transfer nearer to Jupiter within the coming months because the spacecraft passes over the enormous planet’s nightside, NASA mentioned. 

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Juno has carried out greater than 50 flybys of Jupiter and flown greater than 510 million miles. It arrived at Jupiter on July 4, 2016, with the primary science flyby occurring 53 days later.

Fox Information’ Julia Musto contributed to this report. 

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