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Friday, January 20, 2017

Jupiter has seen “Juno” beautiful polar lights


The professionals working with the Hubble space telescope, presented a photo and even a video where you can see the mesmerizing Aurora in Jupiter’s atmosphere. Astrophysics jokingly call it the spectacle of “fireworks”, which is the largest planet in the Solar system meets approaching her research probe “Yunona”.

The picture, according to experts of the American and European space agencies, “merges” two images, one of which was made by the Hubble telescope in 2014 in the optical range, and another in 2014 in the ultraviolet. The frame resulting from the combining of these two images allows to see the Aurora on Jupiter in the form of spirals, painted in white and different shades of blue.

Experts remind that the auroras on Jupiter are by nature not too different from earth: they are also formed by the interaction of the upper atmosphere and the planet’s magnetosphere with charged solar wind particles. The main difference is that because of the powerful magnetic field of Jupiter aurorae on it by orders of magnitude more intense than on Earth.

Recently, experts have published other pictures of Jupiter, also “timed” to the imminent arrival at its orbit probe “Yunona”. They were made Very Large Telescope in the infrared range and, according to astrophysicists, it is highly detailed.

Jupiter is the fifth from the sun and the largest planet in the Solar system. In August 2011 it was running an automatic interplanetary station, the American space Agency NASA called “Juno”. Since then, she has covered almost three billion miles and a few days should enter orbit of the gas giant. Using “Juno” is scheduled to study the atmosphere of Jupiter and its magnetic field, and, in particular, to gather more information about the auroras on the planet.

It is worth noting that Jupiter named after the Supreme deity of Roman mythology, and the space station “Juno” in honor of his wife, also one of the Central deities of the Roman Pantheon.

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