Category: Solar Wind

Jupiter’s aurora triggered a planet-wide heat wave, a map animation reveals, solving a mystery that’s puzzled scientists

A composite of two observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope present Jupiter’s aurora. NASA/ESA/J. Nichols (University of Leicester) An astronomer’s map of a heat wave on Jupiter helped resolve the planet’s “energy crisis” mystery. Solar plasma triggered an aurora at Jupiter’s north pole, which despatched a heat wave spilling down the planet. Astronomer James O’Donoghue thinks auroras gasoline fixed heating throughout Jupiter’s higher ambiance. Jupiter…