Internal Heat Drives Jupiter's Giant Storm Eruption

Detailed analysis of two continent-sized storms that erupted in Jupiter's atmosphere in March 2007 shows that Jupiter's internal heat plays a significant role in generating atmospheric disturbances. Understanding this outbreak could be the key to unlock the mysteries buried in the deep Jovian atmosphere, say astronomers.

Credit:

NASA/ESA, IRTF, and A. Sÿnchez-Lavega and R. Hueso (Universidad del Pa­s Vasco, Spain)

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Release date:23 January 2008, 19:00
Size:3000 x 2400 px

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Name:Jupiter
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Type : Gas Giant
• Solar System : Planet : Feature : Atmosphere : Storm
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