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The red dot on Jupiter is much deeper than expected

The red dot on Jupiter is much deeper than expected

Data collected by NASA’s Juno spacecraft revealed a deeper understanding of Jupiter’s strange and violent atmosphere, including the Great Red Spot, as the massive storm stretched downward than expected, Reuters reported.

Based on measurements of ultra-short and gravitational waves obtained by “Juno”, the big red dot extends 350 to 500 kilometers below the clouds above Jupiter, the researchers said.

Provides data for scientists exploring the largest planet in the solar system, which accommodates thousands of Earth globes, with a three-dimensional description of its atmosphere. The fifth planet from the Sun and the largest gas planet with a diameter of about 143,000 km is dominated by the colorful appearance of Jupiter, some storms such as stripes and large red dots. The Great Red Spot is a 16,000 km wide hurricane and moves violently through the southern hemisphere. It is one of the wonders of the solar system, which has been around for centuries, but scientists do not know much about what’s going on beneath its surface.

An instrument called the Ultra-Short-Wave Radiometer helped scientists study what was going on beneath the clouds around Jupiter and the structure of its powerful storms. Than expected.

Scott Bolton, lead researcher at one of two Jupiter studies published in the journal Jupiter Science and Juno chief researcher at the Southwest Research Institute in Texas, said, “Jupiter is operating in a somewhat mysterious way. We see, “he added.

The Juno spacecraft has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016, gathering information about its atmosphere, structure and internal magnetic field.