Polar Lightning and Decadal-Scale Cloud Variability on Jupiter

  title={Polar Lightning and Decadal-Scale Cloud Variability on Jupiter},
  author={K. Baines and A. Simon-Miller and G. Orton and H. Weaver and A. Lunsford and T. Momary and J. Spencer and A. Cheng and D. Reuter and D. Jennings and G. R. Gladstone and Jeffrey N. Moore and S. A. Stern and L. Young and H. Throop and P. Yanamandra-Fisher and B. Fisher and J. Hora and M. Ressler},
  pages={226 - 229}
  • K. Baines, A. Simon-Miller, +16 authors M. Ressler
  • Published 2007
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Although lightning has been seen on other planets, including Jupiter, polar lightning has been known only on Earth. Optical observations from the New Horizons spacecraft have identified lightning at high latitudes above Jupiter up to 80°N and 74°S. Lightning rates and optical powers were similar at each pole, and the mean optical flux is comparable to that at nonpolar latitudes, which is consistent with the notion that internal heat is the main driver of convection. Both near-infrared and… CONTINUE READING

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