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Jupiter’s Stripes Run Deep, But Hopefully Juno’s Problems Do Not

25 Oct 2016, 20:58 UTC
Jupiter’s Stripes Run Deep, But Hopefully Juno’s Problems Do Not
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Though on holiday, I wanted to share these images and a bit of the Juno at Jupiter news.
This composite image depicts Jupiter’s cloud formations as seen through the eyes of Juno’s microwave radiometer (MWR) instrument as compared to the top layer, a Cassini imaging science subsystem image of the planet. The MWR can see a couple of hundred miles into Jupiter’s atmosphere with the instrument’s largest antenna. The belts and bands visible on the surface are also visible in modified form in each layer below. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/GSFC)
Because telescopes have never been able to see clearly down through the thick clouds of Jupiters– the ones that together form the planet’s glorious stipes– it has remained a mystery how deep they may be.
Based on the Juno spacecraft’s August pass, we now know via its microwave radiometer that the stripes reflect dynamics that occur deep into the planet.
Scott Bolton, leader of the Juno mission reported the team’s conclusions during a press conference at the 2016 meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences.
“The structure of the zones and belts still exists deep down,” Bolton said. “So whatever’s making those colors, whatever’s making those stripes, is still existing ...

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