New images of Jupiter reveal clusters of giant cyclones unlike anything else in our solar system

Business Insider | 3/7/2018 | Jeremy Berke
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New images from NASA's Juno probe show clusters of cyclones on the planet's poles.

These weather systems extend far deeper than scientists previously realized.

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The tightly-packed cyclones haven't merged into one system like they did on Saturn, and scientists can't figure out why.

Scientists also discovered that Jupiter's gaseous core rotates like a solid body.

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New data collected by NASA's Juno probe is giving scientists a unique look into the inner workings of Jupiter.

Fresh images reveal clusters of giant cyclones surrounding Jupiter's poles. The storms seem to last far longer and extend far deeper than anything else in the solar system, according to NASA.

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The images Juno captured of these cyclones can help scientists understand the gas giant's interior structure, core, and origins.

"These astonishing science results are yet another example of Jupiter's curve balls, and a testimony to the value of exploring the unknown from a new perspective with next-generation instruments," Scott Bolton, one of the principal scientists behind the Juno project, said in a release.

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Composite images sent back by Juno's Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper show these polar cyclones in stunning detail via infrared light.

The cyclonic winds that Juno discovered extend deeper into the planet than any similar weather pattern on Earth. Jupiter's cyclones extend as much as 1,900 miles, or 3,000 kilometers, into the planet, containing about 1% of Jupiter's mass.

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For comparison, Earth's atmosphere is less than one-millionth of the planet's mass, according to Yohai Kaspi, an Israeli scientist...
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