Juno Reveals Secrets of Ammonia Storms on Jupiter

The Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter just revealed mechanisms driving mammoth storms in the Jovian atmosphere.

Storms on Jupiter form ammonia-rich hail — called mushballs — in the atmosphere of the giant planet, new research reveals. Investigators believe these tempests play an important role in regulating the Jovian atmosphere.

Shallow lightning is seen by the Juno spacecraft emanating from clouds rich in ammonia.



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