The presence of the Jovian lightning on Jupiter was confirmed when the same was recorded by Voyager 1 in the year 1979. However, the scientists noted that the lightning that occurs on Jupiter is entirely different from the one experienced on our Earth.
Recently the NASA’s Juno mission scientists establish a resemblance between the Jupiter’s storm and the one that occurs on the Earth. The research findings mark its presence in the Journal Nature.
The findings of NASA’s Juno Mission scientists was supported by the team from Czech Academy of Sciences. This paper published in the Journal Nature presents a largest ever known collection of the recordings of lightning from the magnificent Jupiter.
Dr. Shannon Brown says, “No matter on what planet you are on, lightning bolts act like radio transmitters- sending out radio waves when they flash across a sky.” Dr. Shannon Brown is the lead author of the first paper and hails from the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Until the evolution of the NASA’s Juno Mission, all the lightning signals recorded earlier were limited to visual detections or the radio spectrum’s kilohertz range. Many theories tried to explain the phenomenon, but none of them could ever visualize traction as the answer.
It was in the year 2016 that the Juno spacecraft flew closer to the giant Jupiter. Once it reached close to the Jupiter, the Juno made the use of an array of highly sensitive instruments it carried. These sensitive instruments were helpful in recording the gas giant emissions.
During its first flight, the Juno spacecraft was successful in recording about three hundred and seventy-seven lightning discharges recorded in megahertz.
Dr. Scott Bolton concludes, “These discoveries could only happen with Juno. Our unique orbit allows our spacecraft to fly closer to Jupiter than any other spacecraft in history, so the signal strength of what the planet is radiating out is a thousand times stronger.” Dr. Scott Boltonis principle investigator of Juno of the Southwest Research Institute of San Antonio.