In recent years, one of the great shocks in space science has been the discovery of just how incredible the electromagnetic energies are at the gas giant Jupiter. Astronomers had long known that Jupiter possesses an extensive and powerful magnetic field, as well as tremendous x-ray aurorae, super-fast winds, and a mysterious, enduring anticyclonic storm in the region called the Great Red Spot. However, NASA’s Juno mission has shattered all conventional ideas about the mechanisms behind these phenomena. Today, in part two of his ten-part series Eye of the Storm, author Andrew Hall explores the question, what can the electrical Jovian environment tell us about the atmospheric and weather phenomena throughout the solar system, including on Earth?
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