Scientists have solved the mystery of the aurora on Jupiter

(ORDO NEWS) — American scientists from SwRI have found the cause of the aurora on Jupiter. To do this, the researchers studied data obtained from NASA‘s Juno robotic interplanetary station two years ago, writes Geophysical Research Letters.

The experts waited for the station to fly a stream of electrons along the magnetic fields of the planet. The device was equipped with two devices.

The first was intended to study the auroras of Jupiter, and the second – to identify the impact of groups of charged particles on the manifestations of auroras.

It turned out that the sources of the aurora on Jupiter are its largest satellites, which create their own glow at the north and south poles, due to the presence of a magnetic field.

Also, the traces of the aurora on the planet are magnetically connected to the corresponding satellite, like a leash.

Earlier, an international group of astrophysicists announced the discovery of a new exoplanet. It is very similar to Jupiter.

The planet revolves around a star at a distance of 17 thousand light years from the solar system. She was given the scientific name K2-2016-BLG-0005Lb.

Studies have shown that the object is almost identical to Jupiter in both mass and distance from the host star. The mass of a star is approximately 60% of the solar mass.


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